Nest box building weekend in Wytaliba
GLENRAC recently spent an enjoyable weekend at Wytaliba building nest boxes with more than twenty members of the local community.
Under the careful eye of Tenterfield based nest box builder, Paul Hughes, the community built twenty boxes for a number of species whose habitats were decimated during the 2019 bushfires, including king parrots, rosellas, microbats, brushtail possums and southern boobooks.
Mayor Carol Sparks was among the attendees assembling boxes on the day. “I was very pleased to have the opportunity to attend the workshop with fellow community members.
“The building of nest boxes and possum boxes was well organised, and Paul did a great presentation. The community were happy with the day and benefited from the time spent together being productive.
“Thank you to Lucy and Lyn Hetherington for organising the event and food and to Glen Innes Council and Landcare for the funding.”
Made possible through funding from Glen Innes Severn Council community donations and Landcare NSW’s Natural Disaster Seed Fund, the day was aimed at providing opportunity for the community to connect, while also creating much needed habitat for wildlife in the aftermath of fire.
Interestingly, Australia is the continent with the largest number of hollow dependent fauna. According to Dr Peter Croft from NSW National Parks and Wildlife, 15% of Australian birds, 31% mammals, 10% reptiles and 13% frogs use hollows to survive. The next nearest continent is central America, with 9% of birds relying on hollows.