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The efficacy of protecting loggerhead Caretta caretta turtle nests from red fox Vulpes vulpes predation was examined at Dalyan beach, Turkey. Twenty-five nests were protected using individual wire mesh grids. Predation occurred at 63% of the 88 unprotected control nests. In contrast, no protected nests were predated. As a consequence, hatching success was significantly higher at protected nests than at control nests. The feasibility of adopting wire mesh grids as a routine method for turtle nest conservation is evaluated.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/S0006-3207(97)00003-7

Type

Journal article

Journal

Biological Conservation

Publication Date

01/10/1997

Volume

82

Pages

109 - 111