A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, Stellies study ...

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A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, Stellies study affirms

Bark harvesting affects SA forests’ birdlife, whose demise in turn exacerbates the loss of trees

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Unregulated bark harvesting in five indigenous forests of the Eastern Cape is leading to the degradation of forests and endangering birdlife, a study by Stellenbosch University finds.

PhD student Jessica Leaver and fellow researchers investigated the impact of timber, pole and bark harvesting on bird diversity in five Eastern Cape forests: Mqaba, Manubi, Ntlaboya, Gomo and Pirie.

The study published in May says the response of bird functional diversity to forest-product harvesting in the Eastern Cape shows 29% of trees from which bark has been removed in five indigenous forests have been ring-barked...

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