A plastic device fixed around trees can deter snakes from predating bird nest boxes

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Title: A plastic device fixed around trees can deter snakes from predating bird nest boxes
Authors: Consorci del Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona
Navalpotro, Helena
Mazzoni, Daniele
Senar, Juan Carlos
Issue Date: 12-Feb-2021
Keywords: Serps
Predació (Biologia)
Caixes niu per a ocells
Ocells
Access to document: http://hdl.handle.net/2072/443476
Extent: 6 p.
Abstract: Several devices have been designed to prevent predation in nest boxes by mammals and birds. Although snakes are one of the most common predators in cavity–nesters, they have always been difficult to deter. Here we tested a method originally designed to avoid predation by tree–climbing mammals. To prevent snakes from climbing trees and predating on nest boxes, we wrapped a transparent acetate sheet of 80 cm high around tree trunks below a sample of 40 nest boxes used by tits. The acetate sheets were secured with duct tape. The remaining nest boxes (N = 74) in the study area were left as controls. The predation rate in the experimental nest boxes was 20 % and 2 % in control boxes. This method can be useful to increase bird breeding success, improving both the effectiveness of resources to obtain scientific data and the breeding success of endangered species.
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© [2021] Copyright belongs to the authors, who license the journal Animal Biodiversity and Conservation to publish the paper under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License
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