Does size matter? Victoria Park Nature Reserve is a small fragment of the once mighty Big Scrub sub-tropical rainforest. Reflecting on 40 years of monitoring, Tein McDonald highlights the significant contributions to the understanding of rainforest succession that this reserve has made. Monitoring of Camphor laurel removal using species composition surveys and photopoints, clearly demonstrates the critical role of frugivore dispersal to facilitate rainforest recovery.
|Introduction to talk||00:13|
|Background to talk||00:30|
|History of Big Scrub removal and conservation||00:49|
|Site location Victoria Park Nature Reserve-1980||2:04|
|Rainforest gap dynamics||2:30|
|Camphor laurel treatment- natural succession results 1980-2018||3:00|
|Lantana treatment and results||4:00|
|Results after planting- later successional species||4:45|
|Bird species as attractors||5:30|
|The perch factor||6:20|
|2018 aerial monitoring||7:20|
|Later phase species colonisation||8:15|
|Wind dispersed species||9:10|
|Small remnant contribution to broad scale restoration||9:32|
|Implications for restoration of small fragments||10:57|
- Kanowski, J. , Catterall, C. P. and Neilan, W. (2008), Potential value of weedy regrowth for rainforest restoration. Ecological Management & Restoration, 9: 88-99. doi:10.1111/j.1442-8903.2008.00399.x
- Kanowski, J. and Catterall, C. P. (2007) Converting stands of camphor laurel to rainforest: What are the costs and outcomes of different control methods? Griffith University, Nathan 4111 Australia (16 pp.)
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