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Backyard bandicoots : community attitudes towards conservation planning in residential developments

Blair, Sera AE, Wescott, Geoffrey and Miller, Kelly K 2016, Backyard bandicoots : community attitudes towards conservation planning in residential developments, Australasian journal of environmental management, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 227-244, doi: 10.1080/14486563.2015.1111171.

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Title Backyard bandicoots : community attitudes towards conservation planning in residential developments
Author(s) Blair, Sera AE
Wescott, GeoffreyORCID iD for Wescott, Geoffrey orcid.org/0000-0002-9392-3319
Miller, Kelly KORCID iD for Miller, Kelly K orcid.org/0000-0003-4360-6232
Journal name Australasian journal of environmental management
Volume number 23
Issue number 4
Start page 227
End page 244
Total pages 18
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Basingstoke, Eng.
Publication date 2016-04
ISSN 1448-6563
Keyword(s) Conservation actions;
urbanisation;
human behaviours
cat ownership restrictions
threatened species
Summary As global populations grow, cities are stretching their urban boundaries into rural areas and bringing the challenges of biodiversity conservation into the backyards of homeowners. Planning controls can attempt to regulate residents’ behaviours to support conservation actions for threatened species but need to consider whether community attitudes align with conservation objectives. This study investigated community attitudes towards planned management interventions in a new conservation strategy designed to protect endangered Southern Brown Bandicoots in new residential estates around Cranbourne, Australia. A survey (n = 318, response rate 15.2 per cent) investigated current resident attitudes towards bandicoot conservation, cat ownership and effectiveness of current planning controls. Results indicate community support for a range of bandicoot conservation actions including confinement of domestic cats and non-lethal cat controls and for new developments being cat-free with bandicoot habitat corridors. Awareness of bandicoots correlated with higher support for conservation actions while cat owners were less supportive overall, particularly to limitations on cat ownership. Potential barriers to management interventions include inadequate knowledge, perceived associated risks and housing turnover. This information is valuable for conservation planning for new developments and to improve implementation of planning controls in existing residential areas for delivery of long-term protection for threatened species like Southern Brown Bandicoots.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14486563.2015.1111171
Field of Research 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
Socio Economic Objective 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand
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