Gurov A. V., Gurova N. N. Edge-Effect in the Winter Food Finding by Red Squirrel (Sciurus Vulgaris L.) Under the Conditions of Fragmented Tree Stands
tree stand fragmentation, red squirrel, feeding, edge effect
AbstractHow to cite: Gurov A. V.1, Gurova N. N.2 Edge-effect in the winter food finding by red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris L.) under the conditions of fragmented tree stands // Sibirskij Lesnoj Zurnal (Siberian Journal of Forest Science). 2014. N. 2: 73–80 (in Russian with English abstract).
© Gurov A. V., Gurova N. N., 2014
The study compared edge ecosystems based on degree of forest stand fragmentation. Edges are characterized by high biodiversity and by the presence of available food base for small mammals. The red squirrel is an important fur commercial resource. It is attracted to the forest edges, and its intensive food-obtaining activity under the border conditions must be taken into consideration.