Nest Boxes

Nest Box up highNest boxes are an important aspect to wildlife conservation and are built especially for animals to nest in.    Nest boxes are usually built for particular species of birds, but some mammals such as possums may also use them.

Tree hollows are part of the natural ecosystem and are a valuable resource for our native wildlife.  Research has been documented to show that Australia has about 300 vertebrate species that use tree hollows for various purposes, such as:
green-ticknesting
green-tickprotection from predators
green-tickshelter and roosting

Among these are arboreal and terrestrial mammals, birds (nearly 90 percent of parrots) and more than half of Australia’’s microbat population. The greatest number of hollow-bearing trees come from Eucalypt forests.  Hollow formation is dependent on the species of tree and its history.   Generally, suitable hollows take at least 100 years to form in Eucalypts.   The problem arises where hollow-bearing trees are often depleted by the clearing of the land, making way for urban development.  This is where artificial (man-made) boxes can substitute for tree hollows, providing Australia’s fauna with nesting, shelter and roosting and protection from predators.

One specie that has adapted well to the artificial nest boxes is the lorikeet although,  birds, possums, gliders, bats and reptiles accept the artificial nest boxes in urban development areas.  Some of the Nest Box in treebenefits of the artificial nest boxes are:

green-ticka greater understanding of urban wildlife
green-tickthe opportunity to monitor fauna
green-tickan invaluable education tool

Artificial nest boxes have been a great success overseas for many years however, only recently have they been accepted as a valid conservation tool in Australia.