The appeal of nest-boxes among wildlife enthusiasts has a long history. The first next-box building guidelines I remember were from the 1970s, though I’m sure nest-box use predates that. Many people have constructed or bought nest-boxes to put up in trees around their homes, or in a patch of bush or roadside, to help the birds and mammals that rely on tree hollows for survival. There’s a very interesting evolutionary story about hollow-using animals and hollow-forming trees, and Australia has the greatest percentage of hollow nesting animals of any continent. So, as long as our forests and woodlands have trees old enough to have hollows, then phascogales, gliding possums, owls and others will have a home. But forests and woodlands with healthy numbers of old, hollow-bearing trees are now rare across much of our landscape. And if hollows are scarce, then so too will be the animals that need them.
Nest-boxes provide a very useful, short-term remedy for trees without hollows. Of course, thoughtful, truly sustainable forest management would be the first preference, but our political leaders seem incapable of that. This is particularly the case now (2013) that the Victorian Government has watered down the protection for native vegetation on private land.
There are probably many hundreds of nest-boxes ‘out there’ in the Strathbogies and there’s certainly room for more, particularly in those thousands of hectares of the corridors and natural regeneration that have established since mass planting began in the 1980’s – none of which would have many hollows. The SRCMN, through different projects, is deploying nest-boxes at a number of sites in the Strathbogie Ranges area and is looking to work with people/groups with similar interests.
- How many nest-boxes are there in the forests and woodlands of our region?
- What sort of habitat are they in?
- Which designs have been used?
- What sorts of animals have been found to be using the different designs?
- Which designs have worked and which haven’t?
Lots of good questions – lets find some answers.
Nest-box Projects in the Strathbogie Ranges CMN area
- NEW – Whiteheads Creek Landcare Group Nest-box Project.
- Warrenbayne-Boho Land Protection Group: Approx. 55 nest-boxes installed on private property, annual monitoring.
- Swanpool & District Landcare Group: Approx 20 nestboxes installed on private property.
- Longwood East Landcare Group: currently installing 40 nest-boxes.
- Whiteheads Creek Landcare Group: 30 nest-boxes installed on public land & private property & more are planned.
- Euroa Arboretum: 10 nest-boxes just installed & planning more.
- Landholders participating in the SRCMN Landscape Linkages project have installed 50+ nest-boxes on private property in different parts of the Strathbogie Ranges.
- If you have nest-boxes installed and want to share your interest, let us know.
- If you’d like to start your own local nest-box project, get in touch, maybe we can assist.
Download two new SRCMN publications:
- Nest-box Know-how – Guidelines from the nest-box forum held in Violet Town, Victoria, May 25, 2012
- Nest-boxes for Wildlife – Nest-boxes and Phascogales in the Strathbogie Ranges region, 2012
Additional nest-box information & resources:
- Warrenbayne Boho Nest-box_Information_Leaflet
- Choosing sites for nest-boxes- advice from Ray Thomas
- Nestboxes & Tree-hollows- Australian Wildlife Cam
- Birds Australia Info sheet – Nestboxes
- Land for Wildlife- Nestboxes for native wildlife
- Nest-boxes: the last step (Moreton Bay Shire, QLD)
- Nest-box Forum, Violet Town, May 201
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