Ruderal and Transitional Habitats

Ruderal (disturbed) and transitional habitats are characterized by a lack of vegetation or dominated by non-native plant species. Most of these habitats can be suitable for restoration and enhancement back into a native plant dominated community. However, wildlife species may have adjusted to nesting in non-native plant species in these habitats. For example, Florida scrub-jays may nest in Brazilian pepper; wood storks, ospreys, and other wading birds may nest in Australian pine; and fox squirrels may nest in melaleuca. Therefore, wildlife surveys should include these habitats during the planning process and prior to treatments or removal of non-native plant species. In the case of chemical treatments, FWC recommends that steps be taken to minimize drift and runoff. Herbicides used for this purpose should be obtained from a forester, extension agent, or other herbicide specialist, and the label instructions for their use should be followed closely.

General Habitat Management Techniques