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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.

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Journal article


Biological Conservation

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109 - 111