Population responses to fires of varying severity for priority vertebrate and spiny crayfish species, and the extent to which management actions support recovery

Date: 09, Nov, 2020
Author(s):   Sarah Legge
Publisher: TSR Hub

The Wildlife and Threatened Species Bushfire Recovery Expert Panel carried out a rapid assessment of vertebrate species (and some invertebrates) most in need of management intervention after the 2019–20 bushfires, based on how imperilled they were before the fires, the extent to which their distribution was burnt, and the species’ vulnerabilities to fire. In this project, we will build on this assessment by considering spatial variation in fire severity, as well as variation in species’ responses to fires of different severity. Species’ fire responses will be estimated using an expert elicitation process, informed by the collation of data on species traits. The project will also estimate recovery time for fire-affected species, and the extent to which management can accelerate that recovery.