|Town/Region||Bamboo Mountain, Long Mountain, Yemen-Takamaka|
|Categories||Bats, Mammals, Primates|
|Date||6 Nov 2017|
The project is planned to start in September 2017 and last for 12 months. September is the end of the Austral winter and the beginning of the main fruiting season (wet season). Thus, the majority of trees will start flowering and fruiting. The project will be carried out in four areas that contain bat roosts. One of these areas is boar and monkey free and will act as a control. The bat roosts will be mapped and native fruiting trees visited by both bats and monkeys will be identified with camera traps. The impact of the monkeys will be assessed by monitoring seed traps placed around these trees at 5m intervals up to 25m in all cardinal directions. This way the percentage of fruits that is destroyed and the stage at which fruits get destroyed by monkeys can be determined. Native trees in the invasive boar and monkey free area will act as a control.
Additionally, the ecological role of the flying foxes will be studied by sampling plant diversity around the roosting areas with Modified Whittaker plots. The seed rain within the roosting area will then be sampled by placing seed traps and monitoring these throughout the main fruiting season. This will allow comparison between the species that the seed rain is composed of and the adult trees that make up the roosting canopy.
Finally, the effects of wild boar and deer will be assessed by setting up randomly allocated 5m by 5m fenced plots near the roosting areas. By excluding wild boar and deer from the plots it will be possible to qualify their impact on germination of seeds and seedling recruitment. The fenced plots will be compared to randomly allocated control plots that are accessible to the grazing animals.
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