"Wildlife worldwide is facing a housing crisis. When land is cleared for
agriculture, mining, and urbanisation, habitats and natural refuges go with it,
such as tree hollows, rock piles and large logs.
The ideal solution is to tackle the threats that cause habitat loss. But some
refuges take hundreds of years to recover once destroyed, and some may never
recover without help. Tree hollows, for example, can take 180 years to develop.
As a result, conservationists have increasingly looked to human-made solutions
as a stopgap. That’s where artificial refuges come in.
If the goal of artificial refuges is to replace lost or degraded habitat, then
it is important we have a good understanding of how well they perform. Our new
research reviewed artificial refuges worldwide — and we found the science
underpinning them is often not up to scratch."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics