Use tree tubes/small fences/cages to protect individual trees
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
A range of mammals, including rodents and ungulates, can cause substantial damage to trees, especially young trees, through browsing activities on foliage and by stripping bark from trees. As well as damage to natural habitats, this can cause financial losses to the forestry industry (Huitu et al. 2009). In an attempt to reduce such conflict, trees may be protected from attack using a range of barriers to prevent mammals from accessing them. If successful, this could reduce incentives for carrying out lethal control on these mammals.
Huitu O., Kiljunen N., Korpimäki E., Koskela E., Mappes T., Pietiäinen H., Pöysä H. & Henttonen H. (2009) Density-dependent vole damage in silviculture and associated economic losses at a nationwide scale. Forest Ecology and Management, 258, 1219–1224.