Management Paper

Guidelines for the design and management of artificial raptor perches and nest-tree stands on forestry estates in South Africa

Published in: The Southern African Forestry Journal
Volume 196, issue 1, 2002 , pages: 49–54
DOI: 10.1080/20702620.2002.10434618
Author(s): G. MalanDepartment of Nature Conservation Pretoria Technikon,, A.vN. MaraisBiological Diversity Services,


The aim of this paper is to provide timber growers with silvicultural guidelines for the establishment of raptor perches and nest stands on forestry estates. Rodents do extensive damage to young saplings and as an ecologically friendly alternative to rodenticides, we provide guidelines on perch height and densities that can be implemented to facilitate rodent-eating, perch-hunting raptors. For example, if eight, 2-m high, even spaced poles are erected per hectare, the raptors will be able to hunt the entire area.

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