Nanangroe Plantation Plot Network: Nocturnal Birds Spotlight Survey, Southwest Slopes, NSW, Australia, 2012-2017

Typecollection
TitleNanangroe Plantation Plot Network: Nocturnal Birds Spotlight Survey, Southwest Slopes, NSW, Australia, 2012-2017
Alternate TitleNanangroe Plantation Plot Network: Nocturnal Birds Spotlighting, 2012-2017
Collection TypeDataset
Access PrivilegesLong Term Ecological Research Network
DOI - Digital Object Identifier10.25911/5c442f71edeb3
Metadata LanguageEnglish
Data LanguageEnglish
Brief DescriptionThis nocturnal birds survey data package comprises spotlight surveys conducted every two years, between 2012 and 2017, along 200 metre fixed transects at each site for 20 minutes per site.

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://doi.org/10.25911/5c3d49dd32d9b.
Full DescriptionAbstract: This nocturnal birds survey data package comprises spotlight surveys conducted every two years, between 2012 and 2017, along 200 metre fixed transects at each site for 20 minutes per site. Animal species and abundance are recorded. Distances along and adjacent to a transect are also recorded. If animals are up on a tree, tree species and animal height (distance from the ground to the animal) are also recorded. Nocturnal birds are also detected by the calls during spotlighting.

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 at http://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: No limitations or missing units in temporal coverage outlined.

Project funding: Between 2012 and 2017 this project was part of the Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN), 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

Number
1
Title
Plot set-up
Description
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 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.
Instrument
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.


Number
2
Title
Spotlighting Surveys
Description
Spotlighting is conducted sporadically, but in recent years the aim has been to achieve a survey every two years. These are conducted along 200 m fixed transects at each site for 20 minutes per site. Animals are detected by getting a reflection of the eye shine with the spotlight. Nocturnal birds are also detected by the calls and estimate distances along and adjacent to a transect.
Instrument
Spotlight, binoculars.


Number
3
Title
Documentation
Description
Animal species name and abundance are recorded along with time they are found and distances along and adjacent to a transect, are also recorded. If animals are up on a tree, tree species and animal height (distance from the ground to the animal) are also recorded.
Instrument
Datasheet, clipboard and pencil.


File Descriptions

Name
lngr_nocturnal_bird_spotlighting_1999+_p858t1076.csv
Description

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 records1283
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 typereal
ratio standard unitmeter
site_code
definitionLocation and site number
nominal text definitionCharacter
species
definitionSpecies scientific 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 definitionTree species
visit_code
definitionCombination of survey year-survey season-site code-repeat numbers
nominal text definitionCharacter


Name
lngr_nocturnal_bird_spotlighting_site_infor_1999+_p858t1077.csv
Description

cloud
definitionCloud
ordinal enumeration codes
1Clear
2Scattered
3Broken
4Overcast
comments
definitionComments
nominal text definitionCharacter
night_light
definitionNightlight
ordinal enumeration codes
1Dark
2Dim
3Moderately Bright
4Bright
number of records1276
site_code
definitionLocation and site number
nominal text definitionCharacter
start_time
date time formathh:mm
definitionSurvey start time
survey_date
date time formatYYYY-MM-DD
definitionDate of survey
survey_year
date time formatYYYY
definitionCalendar year of survey conducted
temperature
definitionTemperature
ordinal enumeration codes
1Cold
2Cool
3Mild
4Warm
visit_code
definitionCombination of survey year-survey season-site code-repeat numbers
nominal text definitionCharacter
wind
definitionWind
ordinal enumeration codes
1Calm
2Light
3Moderate
4Windy


Name
lngr_nocturnal_bird_spotlighting_2012+_p858t1118.csv
Description

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 records532
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
definitionSpecies scientific 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 definitionTree species
visit_code
definitionCombination of survey year-survey season-site code-repeat numbers
nominal text definitionCharacter


Name
lngr_nocturnal_bird_spotlighting_site_infor_2012+_p858t1119.csv
Description

cloud
definitionCloud
ordinal enumeration codes
1Clear
2Scattered
3Broken
4Overcast
comments
definitionComments
nominal text definitioncomments
night_light
definitionNightlight
ordinal enumeration codes
1Dark
2Dim
3Moderately Bright
4Bright
number of records525
site_code
definitionLocation and site number
nominal text definitionCharacter
start_time
date time formathh:mm
definitionSurvey start time
survey_date
date time formatYYYY-MM-DD
definitionDate of survey
survey_year
date time formatYYYY
definitionCalendar year of survey conducted
temperature
definitionTemperature
ordinal enumeration codes
1Cold
2Cool
3Mild
4Warm
visit_code
definitionCombination of survey year-survey season-site code-repeat numbers
nominal text definitionCharacter
wind
definitionWind
ordinal enumeration codes
1Calm
2Light
3Moderate
4Windy


Contact Emaildavid.lindenmayer@anu.edu.au
Contact AddressFenner 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 InvestigatorDavid Lindenmayer
SupervisorsDavid Lindenmayer
Fields of Research0501 - Ecological Applications
0602 - Ecology
0608 - Zoology
KeywordsGCMD:Biological Classification > Animals/Vertebrates > Birds
LTERN Monitoring Theme:Birds
LTERN Monitoring Theme:Grazing domestic livestock
LTERN Monitoring Theme:Fragmentation
keyword:Spotlighting
keyword:Nocturnal birds
Nanangroe Plantation
Nocturnal Birds Spotlighting
Type of Research ActivityStrategic basic research
Date Coverage
Date FromDate To
20122017
Geospatial Location
Location TypeLocation Value
TextNanangroe Plantation, Southwest Slopes of NSW west of Lake Burrinjuck and includes four exotic Pine Plantations (Nanangroe, Cotway, East Bungongo and Bungongo), Australia
DCMI Box notation conformant with iso 19139northlimit = -34.912979; southlimit = -35.069528; westlimit = 148.313807; eastLimit = 148.534563
Date of data creation2017-08-07
Year of data publication2017
Creator(s) for Citation
Given NameSurname
DavidLindenmayer
Publisher for CitationLong Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN), ANU Data Commons, The Australian National University
Publications

Identifier Type
Digital Object Identifier
Identifier Value
10.1016/S0006-3207(01)00061-1
Publication Title
A prospective longitudinal study of landscape matrix effects on fauna in woodland remnants: experimental design and baseline data.
Publication Reference
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
URLTitle
https://hdl.handle.net/1885/130861ANU Open Research. Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN) collection.
Other Related IdentifiersMorphoId:ltern6.188
PackageId:858
Access RightsCo-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 TypeOpen
Rights held in and over the dataCreative Commons Licence (CC BY) is assigned to this data. Details of the licence can be found at http://creativecommons.org.au/licences.
Licence TypeCC-BY - Attribution (Version 4)
LicenceLTERN Deed: 48
Date of execution: 2017-07-10<

Retention PeriodIndefinitely
Data Management PlanNo
Status: Published
Published To:
- Australian National University
- Australian National Data Service
Identifier: anudc:5810
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