Isolation caused by fragmentation and barriers to movement cause population level problems for a wide range of species. One group; the gliders, are particularly susceptible to the risk associated with gaps. One solution is to close these gaps using gliding poles. The process requires an intimate knowledge of the local population, meta-population biology, drafting and modelling skills, construction techniques and good partnerships with suppliers and contractors. de Witt Ecology has been involved in several gap closing exercises. This technique has great potential at the local level for reducing impacts due to development and as a regional strategic exercise to manage threatened populations.

Client: Several companies