Skip to main content

Free Content Habitat and drey sites of the red squirrel Sciurus vulgaris Linnaeus 1758 in suburban parks of Wrocław, SW Poland

Download Article:
 Download
(PDF 928.755859375 kb)
 

Abstract:

Studies were conducted in the late autumn of 2005 and in the early winter of 2005/2006 in 20 suburban parks in the city of Wrocław, SW Poland. All red squirrel core areas (N=140) were situated in broad-leaved or mixed tree stands. Common oaks were recorded in most squirrel core areas (90.2%). A total of 161 dreys were found. Dreys were located in 18 tree species. The red squirrel builds dreys in most common tree species, which, in addition, provide the largest amount of its staple food (Quercus robur, Tilia cordata, Carpinus betulus and Betula verrucosa; together 71.5%). Broad-leaved species comprised 97.9%, while indigenous species – 93.6% of all tree species with dreys. There was a clear preference for locating dreys on treetops, which can be viewed as an antipredator adaptation. Dreys were located 5 to 25 m above the ground (60.2% of them were 12-18 m above ground), mostly at the very top (28.1%) or 1-3 m below the tops of trees (31.9%). Most dreys (63.1%) were not clustered but 38 (23.8%) formed groups of two, the remaining dreys formed groups of 3-6.

Keywords: HABITAT; NEST SITE SELECTION; SCIURUS VULGARIS; SUBURBAN PARKS; URBAN ECOLOGY

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3409/azc.52a_1-2.107-114

Publication date: 2009-06-01

More about this publication?
  • Acta zoologica cracoviensia for several years was published as two series: A– Vertebrata, and B–Invertebrata. From 2012 on it is continued under its former title– without separate series. The journal includes original contributions on systematics, phylogeny, biogeography, ecology and paleontology of terrestrial and fresh-water animals worldwide. All papers are subject to peer reviews. Click here to see current issues of this journal.

  • Editorial Board
  • Information for Authors
  • Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites
  • Access Key
  • Free ContentFree content
  • Partial Free ContentPartial Free content
  • New ContentNew content
  • Open Access ContentOpen access content
  • Partial Open Access ContentPartial Open access content
  • Subscribed ContentSubscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed ContentPartial Subscribed content
  • Free Trial ContentFree trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more