Nanangroe Plantation Plot Network: Herpetofauna Survey, Southwest Slopes, NSW, Australia, 2012-2015

Abstract: Herpetofauna is surveyed every two years, between 2012 and 2015, using artificial substrates and active search methods. Artificial substrates comprise eight standard roofing tiles, eight half-size (cut-off) railway sleepers and four sheets of corrugated iron per site. A set of two sheets of corrugated iron placed on top of one another, four half-size railways sleepers and four roofing tiles are placed around a point at the 0 m and 100 m point of the permanent 200 m transect. These artificial substrates are gently turned over to record occupants with some of the animals hand-captured to identify the species, substrates are replaced and then the animals put carefully back underneath the substrates. Active searching is done by gently turning over any rocks, logs or fallen bark at locations along a 200 m transect for 20 minutes. Several measurements including sex, age and tail condition are recorded where possible. Sightings of exotic species (e.g. rats) 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 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 athttp://dx.doi.org/10.25911/5c3d49dd32d9b Sampling method: 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: Note that age and tail condition were only recorded from 2013 onwards. Project funding: Between 2012 and 2018 this project was part of the Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN), a facility supported by the Australian Government’s Terrestrial Ecosystems Research Network (www.tern.org.au) – an Australian research infrastructure facility established under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy and Education Infrastructure Fund–Super Science Initiative through the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.
Type
collection
Title
Nanangroe Plantation Plot Network: Herpetofauna Survey, Southwest Slopes, NSW, Australia, 2012-2015
Alternate Title
Nanangroe Plantation Plot Network: Herpetofauna Survey, 2012-2015
Collection Type
Dataset
Access Privileges
Long Term Ecological Research Network
DOI - Digital Object Identifier
10.25911/5c4426366d84f
Metadata Language
English
Data Language
English
Brief Description
Herpetofauna is surveyed every two years, between 2012 and 2015, using artificial substrates and active search methods. 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 http://dx.doi.org/10.25911/5c3d49dd32d9b.
Full Description
Abstract: Herpetofauna is surveyed every two years, between 2012 and 2015, using artificial substrates and active search methods. Artificial substrates comprise eight standard roofing tiles, eight half-size (cut-off) railway sleepers and four sheets of corrugated iron per site. A set of two sheets of corrugated iron placed on top of one another, four half-size railways sleepers and four roofing tiles are placed around a point at the 0 m and 100 m point of the permanent 200 m transect. These artificial substrates are gently turned over to record occupants with some of the animals hand-captured to identify the species, substrates are replaced and then the animals put carefully back underneath the substrates. Active searching is done by gently turning over any rocks, logs or fallen bark at locations along a 200 m transect for 20 minutes. Several measurements including sex, age and tail condition are recorded where possible. Sightings of exotic species (e.g. rats) 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 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 athttp://dx.doi.org/10.25911/5c3d49dd32d9b Sampling method: 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: Note that age and tail condition were only recorded from 2013 onwards. Project funding: Between 2012 and 2018 this project was part of the Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN), a facility supported by the Australian Government’s Terrestrial Ecosystems Research Network (www.tern.org.au) – an Australian research infrastructure facility established under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy and Education Infrastructure Fund–Super Science Initiative through the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.
Methods
1
Plot set-up
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, and established year of surrounding pine trees. Fifty-six remnants on adjacent farmstopine 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.
After setting up a 200m permanent transect with star-pickets (refer to site selection/set-up), a set of two sheets of corrugated iron placed on top of one another, four half-size railways sleepers and four roofing tiles are placed around a point at the 0 m and 100 m point of the permanent 200 m transect.
Corrugated iron sheets, half-size railways sleepers, roofing tiles and gloves.
2
Herpetofauna Surveys
Artificial substrates are gently turned over to record occupants with some of the animals hand-captured to identify the species, substrates are replaced and then the animals put carefully back underneath the substrates. Active searching is done by gently turning over any rocks, logs or fallen bark at locations along a 200 m transect for 20 minutes.
Gloves and field guide.
3
Documentation
Species name, abundance and substrates (or microhabitats) where animals were found, are recorded. Age, sex and tail condition are also recorded where possible (2013 onwards).
Clipboard, datasheets and pencil.
File Descriptions
lngr_herpetofauna_survey_1999+_p889t1111.csv
abundance
definitionNumber of animals
ratio number typewhole
ratio standard unitnumber
age
definitionAge of animal
nominal text definitionCharacter
capture_method
definitionArtificial substrate type
nominal text definitionCharacter
comments
definitionComments
nominal text definitionCharacter
cover_present
definitionWhether cover is present or not (blank where not recorded)
nominal enumeration codes
NoCover is missing
YesCover is present
distance_along_transect
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
microhabitat
definitionMicrohabitat of active search
nominal text definitionCharacter
number of records7181
plot_number
definitionSite marker point on a permanent transect
nominal enumeration codes
10 m artificial substrates
2100 m artificial substrates
3Active search
repeat_number
definitionRepeat number
nominal text definitionCharacter
site_code
definitionLocation and site number
nominal text definitionCharacter
species
definitionScientific name
nominal text definitionCharacter
survey_year
date time formatYYYY
definitionCalendar year of survey conducted
tail_condition
definitionTail condition of animal
nominal text definitionCharacter
visit_code
definitionCombination of survey year-survey season-survey type-site code-repeat number
nominal text definitionCharacter
lngr_herpetofauna_survey_site_information_1999+_p889t1112.csv
cloud
definitionCloud value labels
ordinal enumeration codes
1Clear
2Scattered
3Broken
4Overcast
comments
definitionComments
nominal text definitionCharacter
number of records1028
repeat_number
definitionRepeat number
ratio number typenatural
ratio standard unitdimensionless
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_herpetofauna_survey_2012+_p889t1157.csv
abundance
definitionNumber of animals
ratio number typewhole
ratio standard unitnumber
age
definitionAge of animal
nominal text definitionCharacter
capture_method
definitionArtificial substrate type
nominal text definitionCharacter
comments
definitionComments
nominal text definitionCharacter
cover_present
definitionWhether cover is present or not (blank where not recorded)
nominal text definitionCharacter
distance_along_transect
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
microhabitat
definitionMicrohabitat of active search
nominal text definitionCharacter
number of records2377
plot_number
definitionSite marker point on a permanent transect
nominal enumeration codes
10 m artificial substrates
2100 m artificial substrates
3Active search
repeat_number
definitionRepeat number
nominal text definitionCharacter
site_code
definitionLocation and site number
nominal text definitionCharacter
species
definitionScientific name
nominal text definitionCharacter
survey_year
date time formatYYYY
definitionCalendar year of survey conducted
tail_condition
definitionTail condition of animal
nominal text definitionCharacter
visit_code
definitionCombination of survey year-survey season-survey type-site code-repeat number
nominal text definitionCharacter
lngr_herpetofauna_survey_site_information_2012+_p889t1158.csv
cloud
definitionCloud value labels
ordinal enumeration codes
1Clear
2Scattered
3Broken
4Overcast
comments
definitionComments
nominal text definitionCharacter
number of records261
repeat_number
definitionRepeat number
ratio number typenatural
ratio standard unitdimensionless
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
fses-cle-admin@anu.edu.au; david.lindenmayer@anu.edu.au
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; +61 427 770 593
Contact Fax Number
+61 2 6125 0746
Principal Investigator
David Lindenmayer
Supervisors
David Lindenmayer
Fields of Research
0501 - Ecological Applications; 0602 - Ecology; 0608 - Zoology
Keywords
GCMD:Biological Classification > Animals/Vertebrates > Reptiles > Lizards/Snakes; LTERN Monitoring Theme:Herpetofauna; LTERN Monitoring Theme:Grazing domestic livestock; LTERN Monitoring Theme:Fragmentation; keyword:Herpetofauna; keyword:Artificial substrates; Nanangroe Plantation; Herpetofauna Survey
Type of Research Activity
Strategic basic research
Date Coverage
2012
2015
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
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, https://doi.org/10.1016/S0006-3207(01)00061-1
Related Websites
https://hdl.handle.net/1885/130861
ANU Open Research. Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN) collection.
Other Related Identifiers
MorphoId:ltern6.198; PackageId:889
Access Rights
Co-authorship with the data provider (Professor David Lindenmayer) of any publication of research utilising this data is an expected outcome. The data provider also requests consultation, including a summary of the proposed research and intended use, before publication of research utilising this data is possible. Please note that data collected prior to 2012 is available via mediated access only.
Access Rights Type
Open
Rights held in and over the data
Creative Commons Licence (CC BY) is assigned to this data. Details of the licence can be found at http://creativecommons.org.au/licences.
Licence Type
CC-BY - Attribution (Version 4)
Licence
LTERN Deed: 48 Date of execution: 2017-07-10
Retention Period
Indefinitely
Data Management Plan
No
Status: Published
Published to:
  • Australian National University
  • Australian National Data Service