Ensuring healthy habitat
Regular monitoring of glider habitat to check on its condition and highlight potential declines in health is an important part of Glideways.
Gliders have a strong preference for mature forest or woodland that is in good condition. It is therefore vital that we are not only able to identify areas that contain suitable glider habitat but also be able to keep track of its health.
To achieve this we involve the community directly in onground research work. This consists of:
- An initial survey of key habitat features, including the distribution and abundance of hollow-bearing and feed trees;
- Transect surveys of vegetation condition to determine its health taking into account both positive (amount of ground cover etc) and negative (presence of weeds etc) indicators.
- Glider population counts using spotlighting surveys, monitoring of nests and tree hollows, and camera trapping.
These surveys are repeated at regular intervals to provide us with a better understanding of how our environment and glider population numbers are changing over time.