Nest boxes help to ease local competition for natural nesting hollows in trees, which are becoming increasingly rare. They are particularly useful in suburban areas where loss of natural nesting sites is becoming an increasing problem.
By purchasing a nestbox, you can provide shelter for native animals in your garden or local area and aid in their survival by keeping them out of roofs and homes and away from feral animals.
They make a great holiday project to do with your kids too!
Nestboxes can be purchased from the Plant Nursery as a kit, which you can build yourself or installation can be arranged if needed, at a cost.
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Our range of boxes
This nesting box is appropriate for the smaller micro bat, not its larger cousin - the fruit bat. You are most likely to see these bats on a warm night, out hunting for insects in your local neighbourhood.
Brushtail (Large) Possum Box
Brushtail Possums like living near people; our gardens give them lots of food and great places to shelter. Buy a nesting box to help keep these protected animals out of your roof but still close enough to enjoy.
Ducks have lived in and around our waterways for centuries; thriving even in urban areas. There are a number of species you might see if you install a duck nestbox - Wood Ducks, Chestnut Teals or even Pink-eared Ducks. Investigate the best height to place your box in order to attract different species.
Feathertail Glider Box
Unlike their larger possum cousins, Feathertail Gliders are not as prominent in the suburbs. They are unique as they are able to glide between trees and over short open spaces. These gliders tend to live in the outer suburbs of Melbourne where there is good tree cover and dense understorey.
Horizontal Parrot (Lorikeet) Box
Lorikeets, like the possum, are an animal that is dependent on hollows to breed. With natural hollows quickly disappearing due to the pressures of urban development, nesting boxes are a great way to protect these native birds.
These large, lour and cheeky birds add life to any area. Kookaburras are great to have around - they provide great entertainment when they 'laugh' and interact with one another. A nesting box could help you attract both the Laughing Kookaburra and the Blue-winged Kookaburra to your backyard.
Phascogales are a little-known native animal in Australia. They are a small, carnivorous marsupial that feeds on insects, frogs, spiders and centipedes. Phascogales breed and shelter in natural hollows in trees.
Ringtail (Small) Possum Box
Ringtail possums nest in small family groups and are very territorial. They feed on the flowers, foliage and fruit of many plants and are extremely adaptable. Nestboxes offer an attractive solution to possums nesting in homes and roofs, allowing us to enjoy them without harm.
Sugar Glider Box
Sugar Gliders feed on both insects and nectar rich plants. To attract them, consider planting acacias, eucalypts or honeydew in your garden. You are most likely to see them moving around at night.
Vertical Parrot (Rosella/Galah) Box
The natural nesting hollows in trees that parrots use to breed are quickly disappearing, as urban sprawl decreases the number of trees. Nesting boxes can help preserve these native birds by offering them a safe place to nest and adapt within the urban environment.