Research Note

Effects of Afforestation and Clearfelling on birds and small Mammals at Grootvadersbosch, South Africa

Published in: South African Forestry Journal
Volume 174, issue 1, 1995 , pages: 17–21
DOI: 10.1080/00382167.1995.9629874
Author(s): A.J. ArmstrongDepartment of Nature Conservation, Republic of South Africa, H.J. van HensbergenDepartment of Nature Conservation, Republic of South Africa


Results from a short-term study of birds and small mammals in pine plantations, regenerating clear-felled sites and indigenous forest and fynbos habitats at Grootvadersbosch, southern Cape, indicate that the pine faunal assemblages are pauperised in relation to those of the original habitat. The pine bird assemblage is largely composed of forest species which are not habitat specialists. Small mammal occurrence in pine habitat is dependent on the presence of sufficient undergrowth, and these small mammals are of fynbos origin. Recovery of the fynbos plant and animal assemblages after clear-felling may take many years.

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