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Tree-climbing study finds fewer hollows for NT wildlife

Lack of available hollows has implications for conservation of threatened species, says ecologist

A study of more than 180 trees on Melville Island, off the coast of the Northern Territory, has found that 43 per cent of wildlife hollows are blocked by termites.

Cara Penton, a wildlife ecologist at Charles Darwin University, gathered the data by climbing trees rather than using binoculars to look for hollows from the ground.

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