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Natasha M. Robinson, Steve W.J. Leonard, Euan G. Ritchie, Michelle Bassett, Evelyn K. Chia, Sebastian Buckingham, Heloise Gibb, Andrew F. Bennett and Michael F. Clarke REVIEW: Refuges for fauna in fire-prone landscapes: their ecological function and importance Journal of Applied Ecology 50

Version of Record online: 16 AUG 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12153

Refuges are potentially of great importance in buffering the effects of wildfire on fauna. There is an urgent need for empirical data from a range of ecosystems to better understand what constitutes a refuge for different taxa, the spatial and temporal dynamics of species' use of refuges and the attributes that most influence their value to fauna. Complementary research is also required to evaluate threats to naturally occurring refuges and the potential for management actions to protect, create and enhance refuges. Knowledge of the spatial arrangement of refuges that enhance the persistence of fire-sensitive species will aid in making decisions concerning land and fire management in conservation reserves and large natural areas. Global change in the magnitude and extent of fire regimes means that refuges are likely to be increasingly important for the conservation of biodiversity in fire-prone environments.

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