south westland habitat

Methods of Measuring the Proportions of Plant-Species Present in Forest and Their Effect on Estimates of Bird Preferences for Plant-Species

Stem density, basal area, vegetation cover and vegetation surface area were compared as measures of the proportions of plant species present in North Okarito Forest, South Westland, for use in determining bird preferences for plant species. In general, stem density estimates of the proportions of canopy species were about 10 times lower than basal area estimates. The converse was true for estimates of the proportions of sub- canopy and understorey species.