The economics and management of the forest habitat for pheasants.

  • P.A. Long Department of Agricultural Zoology and Genetics, University College, Belfield, Dublin 4.
  • J. Whelan Department of Agricultural Zoology and Genetics, University College, Belfield, Dublin 4.
Keywords: Pheasant forest habitats, colchicus, nesting, forest operations, game hunting, game management, game birds, environment, forest ecosystems.

Abstract

Basic ecological requirements for pheasants include the availability of food , roosting sites, cover for shelter and concealment, and the presence of open areas for territorial display (Lachlan and Bray 1976). Since these are rarely supplied by anyone vegetation type, pheasant range is a phenomenon of edge effect. The suitability of the forest for pheasants then will depend upon its capability to provide edge. An ideal forest habitat might then be described as a structurally diverse woodland of mixed hardwood and conifer composition which would allow incident radiation reach to the forest floor to encourage growth of shrubs, thickets and herbaceous plants, interspersed with open areas either within or exterior to the forest...
Published
1984-11-01
How to Cite
Long, P., & Whelan, J. (1984). The economics and management of the forest habitat for pheasants. Irish Forestry. Retrieved from https://journal.societyofirishforesters.ie/index.php/forestry/article/view/9555
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