Comparisons of Line Transect and Point Count Survey Methods by Estimating Density of Grey Squirrel Sciurus Carolinensis

Mariwan Rahim


The methods have used to study animal population must be defined clearly at the beginning of the project. We compared line transect and point count survey methods to estimating the density of grey squirrel at University of East Anglia campus (UEA), Norwich-United Kingdom. Across the entire UEA campus we surveyed 0.43698 ha of the 146 ha of the campus area. A total of 21 squirrels were observed during survey between 21st-26th in December 2013. Nine individuals were observed during line transect and twelve individuals were observed during point counts. The average number of species detected was differing between the two methods. Density estimates of grey squirrel from the two methods were different. Densities of grey squirrel as estimated by point count surveys were higher than those by line transect count surveys. Our results indicate that it is important to account for different survey methods when comparing the two methods to estimate the grey squirrel.

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