Removal of critical rock habitat threatens biodiversity

McDougall, A., Milner, R. N., Driscoll, D. A., & Smith, A. L. (2016) Restoration rocks: integrating abiotic and biotic habitat restoration to conserve threatened species and reduce fire fuel load. Biodiversity and Conservation, 25(8), 1529-1542.

Aim: 
To examine the influence of rock habitat and native grass restoration and management scenarios (fire and herbicide application) on the use of the threatened Pink-tailed Worm Lizard (Aprasia parapulchella).
Type of Study: 
Field experiment
Key Results: 
Rock restoration combined with herbicide application reduced fire fuel load, increased ant occurrence (the primary prey of A. parapulchella) and increased the growth and survival of native grasses. Threatened lizards colonised the restored habitat within a year of treatment.
Reviewer: 
Damian Michael
Full Reference: 
McDougall, A., Milner, R. N., Driscoll, D. A., & Smith, A. L. (2016) Restoration rocks: integrating abiotic and biotic habitat restoration to conserve threatened species and reduce fire fuel load. Biodiversity and Conservation, 25(8), 1529-1542.