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dc.contributor.authorHodgkison, Simonen_US
dc.contributor.authorHero, Jean-Marcen_US
dc.contributor.authorWarnken, Janen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-24T07:59:12Z
dc.date.available2017-04-24T07:59:12Z
dc.date.issued2007en_US
dc.date.modified2010-08-04T02:35:45Z
dc.identifier.issn01692046en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.landurbplan.2006.03.009en_AU
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/17407
dc.description.abstractThe conservation value of suburban golf courses was assessed in southeast Queensland, Australia, by investigating their capacity to support urban-threatened birds, mammals, reptiles and frogs. Terrestrial vertebrate assemblages were compared between golf courses and nearby eucalypt fragments and with suburban bird assemblages. Biotic diversity varied among golf courses. While some had conservation value (supporting high densities of regionally threatened vertebrates), most failed to realise that potential, supporting only common urban-adapted species. Golf courses were generally a better refuge for threatened birds and mammals than for threatened reptiles and amphibians. Reasons for the relative absence of threatened herpetofauna are currently unclear but could be attributed to increased sensitivity to isolation, exposure to herbicides or greater disruption of ground-level habitats. While species-specific studies are required to identify the ecological role played by habitats on golf courses and the potential for long-term viability, the results confirm that suburban golf courses can have local conservation value for threatened vertebrates. Given their ubiquity, golf courses present a significant opportunity for urban wildlife conservation. Thus while the golf industry is making genuine attempts to improve its environmental management standards, it is important to ensure those efforts target the needs of regionally threatened species. Legislation may be required to ensure ecological criteria are incorporated in new golf developments. Ongoing research is investigating the effect that golf course design and management practices have on the local diversity of threatened vertebrates.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_AU
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherElsevier BVen_US
dc.publisher.placeNetherlandsen_US
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationNen_AU
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom323en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto337en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalLandscape and Urban Planningen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume79en_US
dc.rights.retentionYen_AU
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode300805en_US
dc.titleThe conservation value of suburban golf courses in a rapidly urbanising region of Australia.en_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.facultyGriffith Sciences, Griffith School of Environmenten_US
gro.date.issued2007
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text


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