Aberdeen University Unimas Sarawak ’95

Giles Mackey

Working in conjunction with five Malaysian students the aim of this project was to assess the relative abundance and distribution of bats, birds and small mammals in five distinct habitats (peat swamp; plantation; primary forest; recently disturbed secondary forest; and heath forest) at four sites: around Sarawak's capital, Kuching; Sabal Forest Reserve; and in Bako and Kubah National Parks. Human impact in these areas was assessed and a comparative analysis of disturbance on fauna made. Two species of bat new to Sarawak were found at Kubah. New weight ranges were discovered for two small mammal species. Strong links were established between Aberdeen University and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, potentially including a student exchange programme.