Assessing the impacts of roads in peri-urban reserves: Road-based fatalities and road usage by wildlife in the Royal National Park, New South Wales, Australia

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dc.contributor.author Ramp, D
dc.contributor.author Wilson, VK
dc.contributor.author Croft, DB
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-02T08:15:46Z
dc.date.issued 2006-05
dc.identifier.citation Biological Conservation, 2006, 129 (3), pp. 348 - 359
dc.identifier.issn 0006-3207
dc.identifier.other C1UNSUBMIT en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/14976
dc.description.abstract For protected reserves set aside for conservation, the impact of roads and traffic on wildlife can be severe, particularly for those in the peri-urban environment. Often reserves possess many sealed roads that have regular traffic from tourists and local residents. As managerial bodies struggle to control the wide variety of threats to the fauna within these reserves, the loss of life on roads only compounds the precarious nature of wildlife survival in these disturbed environments. As a first step to addressing this concern in Australia, this study quantifies the fatalities of wildlife killed on roads within the Royal National Park in New South Wales, and estimates those wildlife species using roadside habitat in order to identify species susceptible to collisions. Modelling of fatality data indicated that mammals were most likely to be killed where forage was abundant on the roadside verge and where there was plenty of protective cover, while birds were most likely to be killed when the height of roadside vegetation was low. A number of collision hotspots were identified along the surveyed road that should be the target of mitigation efforts. The average speed of vehicles travelling within the park peaked at night. This is of particular concern as activity by Australian mammals tends to be greatest at night. The findings indicate that roads in peri-urban reserves have the potential to alter the movement of animals and impact on their populations through loss of life. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
dc.language eng
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1016/j.biocon.2005.11.002
dc.title Assessing the impacts of roads in peri-urban reserves: Road-based fatalities and road usage by wildlife in the Royal National Park, New South Wales, Australia
dc.type Journal Article
dc.description.version Published
dc.parent Biological Conservation
dc.journal.volume 3
dc.journal.volume 129
dc.journal.number 3 en_US
dc.publocation Oxford, UK en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 348 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 359 en_US
dc.cauo.name SCI.Environmental Sciences en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 0602 Ecology
dc.personcode 113573
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Ecology en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords Kernel density estimates
dc.description.keywords Predictive models
dc.description.keywords Reserve systems
dc.description.keywords Road-based fatalities
dc.description.keywords Wildlife populations
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Science
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Environmental Science
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
pubs.consider-herdc false
utslib.collection.history School of the Environment (ID: 344)
utslib.collection.history Closed (ID: 3)


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