Rocky Outcrops in Australia

Paperback - February 2018 - AU $49.95

Discover the incredible biodiversity on rocky outcrops and the importance of conserving these crucial landscape features.

Rocky outcrops are landscape features with disproportionately high biodiversity values relative to their size. They support specialised plants and animals, and a wide variety of endemic species. To Indigenous Australians, they are sacred places and provide valuable resources. Despite their ecological and cultural importance, many rocky outcrops and associated biota are threatened by agricultural and recreational activities, forestry and mining operations, invasive weeds, altered fire regimes and climate change. + Full description

Rocky Outcrops in Australia: Ecology, Conservation and Management contains chapters on why this habitat is important, the animals that live and depend on these formations, key threatening processes and how rocky outcrops can be managed to improve biodiversity conservation in agricultural landscapes, state forests and protected areas. This book will be an important reference for landholders, Landcare groups, naturalists interested in Australian wildlife and natural resource managers.

- Short description

Details

Paperback | February 2018 | $ 49.95
ISBN: 9781486307906 | 184 pages | 245 x 170 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Colour photographs, Illustrations



Features

  • First book on the ecology of rocky outcrops in Australia, including threats to this habitat type and how to manage and improve rocky outcrop habitats in agricultural landscapes
  • Highlights the diverse (and often contrasting) ecological, cultural and economic values of rocky outcrops in Australia
  • Illustrated throughout with high quality colour photographs

Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Glossary
Chapter 1. Introduction and background
Why write a book on rocky outcrops?
What is a rocky outcrop?
Types of rocky outcrops
Igneous rocks
Sedimentary outcrops
Metamorphic rocks
Protected rock formations
Chapter 2. Rocky outcrop values
Ecological values
Plant life
Threatened flora
Wildlife
Threatened fauna
Cultural heritage values
Economic values
Recreation and tourism
Water conservation
Ecosystem services
Chapter 3. Australian rock-dwelling fauna
Reptiles
Dragons
Skinks
Geckos
Monitors
Snakes
Frogs
Mammals
Birds
Invertebrates
Chapter 4. Threatening processes
Threats in different environments
Land clearing and loss of vegetation
Overgrazing by domestic livestock and feral herbivores
Introduced herbivorous invertebrates
Weed invasion
Introduced predators
Altered fire regimes
Physical threats to rocky environments
Recreational activities
Vandalism
Quarrying
Damaged associated with forestry operations
Climate change
Chapter 5. Managing rocky outcrops for biodiversity conservation
Managing rocky outcrops in agricultural landscapes
Mapping
Classifying outcrop condition
Prepare cultural and biophysical inventories
Prioritising management actions
Management Actions
Protection from livestock
Grazing as a management tool
Revegetation programs
Selecting appropriate plant species
Controlling invasive weeds
Controlling pest animals
Applying appropriate fire regimes
Reintroducing locally extinct species
Monitoring and adaptive management
Applying for funding
Conservation covenants
Managing rocky outcrops in State forests and on Crown Land
Improving legislative frameworks
Managing rocky outcrops in National Parks and other protected areas
The value of good interpretative signs
Restricting access to culturally and ecologically sensitive areas
Restoring critical habitats
Concluding comments
Appendix 1. Australian rock-dwelling fauna and their conservation status
Index
View the full table of contents.

Authors

Dr Damian Michael is a Senior Research Officer in Ecology at The Australian National University. He has broad interests in landscape ecology, biodiversity conservation, herpetology and understanding the ecological importance of rocky outcrops in agricultural landscapes. He manages several large-scale biodiversity monitoring programs in New South Wales and has published 90 scientific papers and six books.

Dr David Lindenmayer is a Professor at The Australian National University. He has worked on the conservation of forests and their wildlife for more than 35 years. He has published 45 books and over 1100 scientific papers, and has broad interests in conservation biology, landscape ecology, vertebrate ecology, forest ecology and woodland conservation. He has received numerous awards and is a member of the Australian Academy of Science and an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow.