Nesting Boxes at the QT Building Surfers Paradise 2016

Nesting Boxes at the QT Building Surfers Paradise 2016

Many of our native animals rely on the natural hollows of old trees for nesting, shelter and hibernation. The clearing of Australia’s original bushland has resulted in huge losses of these natural nesting hollows. In addition, the removal of dead trees and limbs for firewood has further contributed to the decline in suitable hollows. This has impacted many of our bird and mammal species, with numbers of most animals declining. Nesting hollows can take up to 80+ years to form. So while we can plan to leave more trees for the future it still means that our birds and animals are struggling to find a home. It’s important that we conserve existing hollows in living and dead trees. So what can we do? We can mimic natural hollows by installing nesting boxes to provide homes for birds, bats and possums. By installing these important boxes you are creating more opportunities for native birds and animals to nest and breed. You’ll also be giving them someplace else to live - apart from your roof. For a nesting box to recreate habitat for possums, birds and bats, we need to understand the natural features of tree hollows. In the summer, hollows have their own natural air-conditioning, provided as live trees transpire. In winter it is also considerably warmer within a natural hollow compared to outdoor temperature. There are also different types of boxes for different types of animals. Obviously some possums are bigger than some birds so will need a different size box. In addition, some animals and birds prefer a deep hollow while others prefer a longer, horizontal hollow.

Possum Boxes
Most common species of possum readily use nest boxes, minimising the risk of one taking up residence in your roof. The smaller Common Ringtail Possum tends to make a leaf nest in the branches of trees, but will utilise hollows during the wetter periods of winter and spring. The larger Brush Tail Possum seeks out a hollow to shelter by day, every morning before dawn.

Bird Boxes
The size of your bird box and its entry hole will depend on the species you want to attract. Some birds – like rosellas, red-rumps and many parrots – prefer vertical nesting while others – like pardalotes, ducks and kookaburras – prefer horizontal hollows.
Bat Roosting Box
Bats may use roosting boxes during the day and during the winter months when they hibernate. Bat boxes are designed with a landing pad at the bottom of the box so they can crawl up inside.

Abilities Plus—Learning By Doing Group teaches the disadvantaged in the community through all aspects of Horticulture including literacy in our learning programs. Our organisation provides various learning pathways to provide education of different skills which enables us to cater for individual choices which benefits the students. Our team also work in various gardens large and small which brings them in contact with native and wild life. Leading to many questions when the land has been destroyed to make way for development Like what has happened to the Wild Life !!!!

Abilities Plus—Learning By Doing Group was given the opportunity to build wild life boxes so the hunt was on to find somewhere to be able to put this plan together and after much thinking and enquires we were very fortunate to have a large shed donated to preform our wood work program. Five of our team with great excitement put their hands up with smiles all round. Getting tools and materials we preparing to start. So much to learn, so much fun—measuring, sawing, drilling, sanding, gluing, screws, nuts and bolts, hinges, tops, bottoms, backs, fronts, sides, ladders, hooks and eyes, and painting perches. This is a wonderful program to see the team so happy having been given this opportunity which has improved their self esteem by the bucket load. As a result of the wonderful achievements of our team has completed 20 large boxes with all in the team achieving outstanding results. We are now making a smaller version for bats which is very exciting.

So if you would like to learn, work, make new friends and be a part of a team call

Jen on 0418 784 266 or Lyn on 0409 645 888.
We hope to extend this learning program to more disadvantaged in the community