Nanangroe Plantation Plot Network: Arboreal Marsupial Spotlight Survey, Southwest Slopes, NSW, 2012-2017

Abstract: This arboreal marsupial survey data package comprises spotlight surveys conducted every two years along 200 metre fixed transects at each site for 20 minutes per site. Distances along and adjacent to a transect are recorded. If animals are in a tree, tree species and animal height (distance from the ground to the animal) are also recorded. Sightings of exotic species (e.g. foxes, rabbits and pigs), as well as some non-arboreal (e.g. kangaroos) are also recorded. The principle objective of the Nanangroe study is to directly quantify changes in woodland vertebrate assemblages and their relationships with habitat variables when the surrounding landscape matrix is converted from a semi-cleared grazing landscape to a landscape dominated by an exotic softwood plantation (Lindenmayer, DB, Cunningham, RB, MacGregor, C, Tribolet, C & Donnelly, CF 2001, ‘A prospective longitudinal study of landscape matrix effects on fauna in woodland remnants: experimental design and baseline data’, Biological Conservation, vol 101 no 2, p. 160). The study area is located in the Southwest Slopes of NSW west of Lake Burrinjuck and includes four exotic Pine Plantations (Nanangroe, Cotway, East Bungongo and Bungongo), as well as private properties adjacent those plantations. Repeated sampling of the vegetation structure and cover and selected vertebrate groups on all sites from 1998 has created a long term dataset. A synopsis of related data packages which have been collected as part of the Nanangroe Plantation Forest Plot Network’s full program is provided at https://doi.org/10.25911/5c3d49dd32d9b. Sampling method: Please refer to Lindenmayer, DB, Cunningham, RB, MacGregor, C, Tribolet, C & Donnelly, CF 2001, ‘A prospective longitudinal study of landscape matrix effects on fauna in woodland remnants: experimental design and baseline data’, Biological Conservation, vol 101 no 2, https://doi.org/10.1016/S0006-3207(01)00061-1 Study extent: No limitations or missing units in temporal coverage outlined. Project funding: Between 2012 and 2018 this project was part of, and funded through the Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN) a facility within the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) and supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy.
Type
collection
Title
Nanangroe Plantation Plot Network: Arboreal Marsupial Spotlight Survey, Southwest Slopes, NSW, 2012-2017
Alternate Title
Nanangroe Plantation Plot Network: Arboreal Marsupials Spotlighting, 2012-2017
Collection Type
Dataset
Access Privileges
Long Term Ecological Research Network
DOI - Digital Object Identifier
10.25911/5c3d4fb640b20
Metadata Language
English
Data Language
English
Brief Description
The principle objective of the Nanangroe study is to directly quantify changes in woodland vertebrate assemblages and their relationships with habitat variables when the surrounding landscape matrix is converted from a semi-cleared grazing landscape to a landscape dominated by an exotic softwood plantation (Lindenmayer, DB, Cunningham, RB, MacGregor, C, Tribolet, C & Donnelly, CF 2001, ‘A prospective longitudinal study of landscape matrix effects on fauna in woodland remnants: experimental design and baseline data’, Biological Conservation, vol 101 no 2, p. 160). The study area is located in the Southwest Slopes of NSW west of Lake Burrinjuck and includes four exotic Pine Plantations (Nanangroe, Cotway, East Bungongo and Bungongo), as well as private properties adjacent those plantations. Repeated sampling of the vegetation structure and cover and selected vertebrate groups on all sites from 1998 has created a long term dataset. A synopsis of related data packages which have been collected as part of the Nanangroe Plantation Forest Plot Network’s full program is provided at https://doi.org/10.25911/5c3d49dd32d9b.
Full Description
Abstract: This arboreal marsupial survey data package comprises spotlight surveys conducted every two years along 200 metre fixed transects at each site for 20 minutes per site. Distances along and adjacent to a transect are recorded. If animals are in a tree, tree species and animal height (distance from the ground to the animal) are also recorded. Sightings of exotic species (e.g. foxes, rabbits and pigs), as well as some non-arboreal (e.g. kangaroos) are also recorded. The principle objective of the Nanangroe study is to directly quantify changes in woodland vertebrate assemblages and their relationships with habitat variables when the surrounding landscape matrix is converted from a semi-cleared grazing landscape to a landscape dominated by an exotic softwood plantation (Lindenmayer, DB, Cunningham, RB, MacGregor, C, Tribolet, C & Donnelly, CF 2001, ‘A prospective longitudinal study of landscape matrix effects on fauna in woodland remnants: experimental design and baseline data’, Biological Conservation, vol 101 no 2, p. 160). The study area is located in the Southwest Slopes of NSW west of Lake Burrinjuck and includes four exotic Pine Plantations (Nanangroe, Cotway, East Bungongo and Bungongo), as well as private properties adjacent those plantations. Repeated sampling of the vegetation structure and cover and selected vertebrate groups on all sites from 1998 has created a long term dataset. A synopsis of related data packages which have been collected as part of the Nanangroe Plantation Forest Plot Network’s full program is provided at https://doi.org/10.25911/5c3d49dd32d9b. Sampling method: Please refer to Lindenmayer, DB, Cunningham, RB, MacGregor, C, Tribolet, C & Donnelly, CF 2001, ‘A prospective longitudinal study of landscape matrix effects on fauna in woodland remnants: experimental design and baseline data’, Biological Conservation, vol 101 no 2, https://doi.org/10.1016/S0006-3207(01)00061-1 Study extent: No limitations or missing units in temporal coverage outlined. Project funding: Between 2012 and 2018 this project was part of, and funded through the Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN) a facility within the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) and supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy.
Methods
1
Plot Setup
Initially all patches of remnant native vegetation on areas designated for pine plantation were characterised. Fifty remnants were randomly selected with stratification, such as vegetation type, patch size, established year of surrounding pine trees. Fifty-six remnants on adjacent farms surrounding pine plantations were selected to match those 50 remnants, to make sure that remnants from two groups were as similar as possible. Ten sites in cleared paddocks around the woodland remnants on the grazing properties and 10 sites in areas dominated by newly planted radiate pine trees were established as ‘‘landscape matrix’’ sites. Those sites were established in 1998, but a few sites were scrapped due to non-accessibility or vast invasion of weed. To make up for those abandoned sites, additional sites were established within a few years since the first establishment.
For more details, please refer to Lindenmayer, DB, Cunningham, RB, MacGregor, C, Tribolet, C & Donnelly, CF 2001, ‘A prospective longitudinal study of landscape matrix effects on fauna in woodland remnants: experimental design and baseline data’, Biological Conservation, vol 101 no 2, pp. 157-169.
ArcGIS, GPS, Tape measure, Steel star picket posts, reflective tape, cattle ear tags: a star picket has been placed from 0 m to 200 m along a transect with 50 m intervals.
2
Spotlight surveys
Arboreal marsupials spotlight surveys are conducted every two years. Each site is spotlit for 20 minutes (roughly 10 minutes up and 10 minutes back). If animals are up on a tree, tree species and animal height (distance from the ground to the animal) are also recorded. Each site is visited once during a survey season. Surveys are not conducted under poor weather conditions. Spotlight surveys commenced in 1999.
Spotlight, binoculars
3
Documentation
Abundance of species detected are recorded along with other information, such as distance along a transect and distance from a transect, height of animal location, tree species where animals are found (where possible) and time when animals are detected.
Clipboard, pencil and datasheet
File Descriptions
lngr_arboreal_marsupials_spotlighting_1999+_p888t1107.csv
along_distance
definitionThe distance (metre) between the start of a transect (0 metre) to where the 'Off Distance' measurement meets the transect
ratio number typewhole
ratio standard unitmeter
comments
definitionComments
nominal text definitionCharacter
height
definitionDistance from the ground to the animal in feature
ratio number typewhole
ratio standard unitmeter
number of records1793
off_distance
definitionShortest distance (metre) between a point (A) directly below where the animal is detected, and any point along a permanent transect which is 90 degrees horizontal to A
ratio number typewhole
ratio standard unitmeter
site_code
definitionLocation and site number
nominal text definitionCharacter
species
definitionScientific name
nominal text definitionCharacter
sum_of_abundance
definitionTotal abundance of a given species detected during a 20 minute spotlighting survey, those animals are found within 100 m on either side of a permanent transect
ratio number typewhole
ratio standard unitnumber
survey_year
date time formatYYYY
definitionCalendar year of survey conducted
tree_species
definitionTree species if animal is up a tree and where tree species could be identified by spotlight
nominal text definitionCharacter
visit_code
definitionCombination of survey year-survey season-site code-repeat number
nominal text definitionCharacter
lngr_arboreal_marsupials_spotlighting_site_infor_1999+_p888t1108.csv
cloud
definitionCloud value labels
ordinal enumeration codes
1Clear
2Scattered
3Broken
4Overcast
comments
definitionComments
nominal text definitionCharacter
nightlight
definitionNightlight value labels
ordinal enumeration codes
1Dark
2Dim
3Moderately bright
4Bright
number of records1275
site_code
definitionLocation and site number
nominal text definitionCharacter
start_time
date time formathh:mm
definitionStart time of survey
survey_date
date time formatYYYY-MM-DD
definitionDate of survey
survey_year
date time formatYYYY
definitionCalendar year of survey conducted
temperature
definitionTemperature value labels
ordinal enumeration codes
1Cold
2Cool
3Mild
4Warm
visit_code
definitionCombination of survey year-survey season-site code-repeat number
nominal text definitionCharacter
wind
definitionWind value labels
ordinal enumeration codes
1Calm
2Light
3Moderate
4Windy
lngr_arboreal_marsupials_spotlighting_2012+_p888t1116.csv
along_distance
definitionThe distance (metre) between the start of a transect (0 metre) to where the 'Off Distance' measurement meets the transect
ratio number typewhole
ratio standard unitmeter
comments
definitionComments
nominal text definitionCharacter
height
definitionDistance from the ground to the animal in feature
ratio number typewhole
ratio standard unitmeter
number of records842
off_distance
definitionShortest distance (metre) between a point (A) directly below where the animal is detected, and any point along a permanent transect which is 90 degrees horizontal to A
ratio number typewhole
ratio standard unitmeter
site_code
definitionLocation and site number
nominal text definitionCharacter
species
definitionScientific name
nominal text definitionCharacter
sum_of_abundance
definitionTotal abundance of a given species detected during a 20 minute spotlighting survey, those animals are found within 100 m on either side of a permanent transect
ratio number typewhole
ratio standard unitnumber
survey_year
date time formatYYYY
definitionCalendar year of survey conducted
tree_species
definitionTree species if animal is up a tree and where tree species could be identified by spotlight
nominal text definitionCharacter
visit_code
definitionCombination of survey year-survey season-site code-repeat number
nominal text definitionCharacter
lngr_arboreal_marsupials_spotlighting_site_infor_2012+_p888t1117.csv
cloud
definitionCloud value labels
ordinal enumeration codes
1Clear
2Scattered
3Broken
4Overcast
comments
definitionComments
nominal text definitionCharacter
nightlight
definitionNightlight value labels
ordinal enumeration codes
1Dark
2Dim
3Moderately bright
4Bright
number of records524
site_code
definitionLocation and site number
nominal text definitionCharacter
start_time
date time formathh:mm
definitionStart time of survey
survey_date
date time formatYYYY-MM-DD
definitionDate of survey
survey_year
date time formatYYYY
definitionCalendar year of survey conducted
temperature
definitionTemperature value labels
ordinal enumeration codes
1Cold
2Cool
3Mild
4Warm
visit_code
definitionCombination of survey year-survey season-site code-repeat number
nominal text definitionCharacter
wind
definitionWind value labels
ordinal enumeration codes
1Calm
2Light
3Moderate
4Windy
Contact Email
david.lindenmayer@anu.edu.au; mason.crane@anu.edu.au; masoncrane@yahoo.com
Contact Address
Fenner School of Environment & Society ANU College of Medicine, Biology & Environment, Frank Fenner Building 141 Linnaeus Way CANBERRA, ACT, 0200 Australia
Contact Phone Number
+61 2 612 50654; +61 427 770 594; +61 427 770 593
Contact Fax Number
+61 2 6125 0746
Principal Investigator
David Lindenmayer
Supervisors
David Lindenmayer
Collaborators
Mason Crane; Sachiko Okada
Fields of Research
0602 - Ecology; 0608 - Zoology
Keywords
GCMD:Biological Classification>Animals/Vertebrates>Mammals; LTERN Monitoring Theme:Mammals; LTERN Monitoring Theme:Grazing domestic livestock; LTERN Monitoring Theme:Fragmentation; keyword:Spotlight survey; keyword:Arboreal mammals; Nanangroe Plantation; Arboreal Marsupials Spotlighting
Type of Research Activity
Strategic basic research
Date Coverage
2012
2017
Geospatial Location
text
Nanangroe Plantation, Southwest Slopes of NSW west of Lake Burrinjuck and includes four exotic Pine Plantations (Nanangroe, Cotway, East Bungongo and Bungongo), Australia
iso19139dcmiBox
northlimit = -34.912979; southlimit = -35.069528; westlimit = 148.313807; eastLimit = 148.534563
Date of data creation
2018-10-23
Year of data publication
2018
Creator(s) for Citation
David
Lindenmayer
Mason
Crane
Sachiko
Okada
Publisher for Citation
Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN), ANU Data Commons, The Australian National University
Publications
doi
10.1016/S0006-3207(01)00061-1
A prospective longitudinal study of landscape matrix effects on fauna in woodland remnants: experimental design and baseline data.
Lindenmayer, DB, Cunningham, RB, MacGregor, C, Tribolet, C & Donnelly, CF 2001, ‘A prospective longitudinal study of landscape matrix effects on fauna in woodland remnants: experimental design and baseline data’, Biological Conservation, vol 101 no 2, p. 160, https://doi.org/10.1016/S0006-3207(01)00061-1
Related Websites
https://openresearch-repository.anu.edu.au/handle/1885/130861
ANU Open Research. Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN) collection.
Other Related Identifiers
MorphoId:ltern6.199; PackageId:888
Access Rights
Data collected prior to 2012 is available via mediated access only. Co-authorship with the data provider (Professor David Lindenmayer) of any publication of research utilising this data is an expected outcome. he data provider also requests consultation, including a summary of the proposed research and intended use before publication of research utilising this data if possible.
Access Rights Type
Restricted
Rights held in and over the data
AusGoal Restrictive Licence - This licence has been developed specifically for material that may contain personal or other confidential information. It may also be used for other reasons, including material to be licenced under some form of limiting or restrictive condition
Licence Type
AusGoalRestrictive - AusGoal Restrictive Licence
Licence
LTERN Deed: 48 Date of execution: 2017-07-10 Restrictions: Please note that data collected prior to 2012 is available via mediated access only.
Retention Period
Indefinitely
Data Management Plan
No
Status: Published
Published to:
  • Australian National University
  • Australian National Data Service