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Michael D. Craig, Giles E. St J. Hardy, Joseph B. Fontaine, Mark J. Garkakalis, Andrew H. Grigg, Carl D. Grant, Patricia A. Fleming and Richard J. Hobbs Identifying unidirectional and dynamic habitat filters to faunal recolonisation in restored mine-pits Journal of Applied Ecology 49

Article first published online: 26 JUN 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2012.02152.x

Our study adds to growing evidence that filters to faunal recolonisation may be widespread in restored areas, with important implications for restoration practices. Firstly, examining individual species may more effectively identify filters than examining community successional patterns. Secondly, filters can persist over long time frames, possibly centuries, so management, such as the provision and accelerated development of CWD, may need to occur over similar time frames. Lastly, filters can be dynamic and repeated management interventions, such as thinning, may be required to overcome these filters. The growing evidence for filters suggests that facilitating faunal recolonisation is more complex than simply returning vegetation to restoration sites.

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