“Natural tree hollows can take upwards of 100 years to form. Land clearing, urbanisation and climate impacts such as worsening fire seasons mean that hollows are not as readily available as they once were,” said Vern Steele, Operations Manager at the Nangak Tamboree Wildlife Sanctuary.
“Nesting boxes are useful in providing supplementary habitat, particularly in suburban areas, where older trees are lacking,” Vern said.
Many of our Australian wildlife species rely on tree hollows for roost and nest sites, including possums, sugar gliders, parrots, microbats, phascogales and owls. In fact, 17 per cent of bird species, 42 per cent of mammals and 28 per cent of reptiles rely on them.
Each nesting box is unique to species it has been designed for. For example, a nesting box for microbats has grooves inside it, that serve as a ladder; and the entrance hole in a nesting box for ringtail possums is the perfect size for them, but too small for brushtail possums.
How are our nesting boxes made?
Now that you know more about our nesting boxes, you might be wondering how they are made!?
“Our nesting box designs have been refined over 30 years. We use them in the Sanctuary to provide supplementary habitat for native wildlife, which has enabled us to ensure that they have the appropriate features for the target species. They are also easy to install, and are lightweight, durable and a cost effective solution for our customers,” said Vern.
The Sanctuary sells around 1,000 nesting boxes per year, which are all hand made by Tony using FSC certified plywood. Based in the forested Strzelecki Ranges in Gippsland, Tony is surrounded by many of the birds and mammals that utilise our boxes.
“The Wildlife Sanctuary and Tony have built a great working relationship over the years and we look forward to many more years working together to supply quality nest boxes for the community,” said Vern.
Nesting boxes are a positive and proactive way you can help our native wildlife and boost our urban biodiversity, so grab some for your yard today! Check out the Wildlife Sanctuary website to find out more or get in touch at Wildlife@latrobe.edu.au.