Bird Nesting Box Project

One of the aims of FuturePLANS is to enhance and protect local wildlife habitat. We also deliver education and support for landholders wanting to provide habitat for wildlife on their properties. The nesting box project was developed to assist local landholders to provide suitable nesting sites for birds in the Palerang district which has seen large-scale habitat loss since European settlement. Other pressures on native flora and fauna include the loss of suitable nesting sites, predation by domestic animals, competition for food and nesting sites from introduced species.

The FuturePLANS Bird Nesting Box project is a collaboration with the Bungendore Men’s Shed to build bird boxes for two hollow-nesting birds in our district. We produced 10 bird nesting boxes suitable for the Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus)/spotted pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus) and 9 boxes suitable for the White Throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaea). FuturePLANS and Land for Wildlife Members in the Palerang District can each order one bird box until we run out. Further information on these species can be found at www.birdsinbackyards.net.

An information sheet about the habitat requirements for these species and the plight of hollow nesting birds written by David McDonald from the Canberra Ornithologist Group can be downloaded here: “Hollow nesting birds and mammals”.

If you would like to build your own bird box, you can download a copy of the nest box plans and installation diagrams. The website Nest Boxes for the Gippsland Region by Maffra and District Landcare Group has a comprehensive guide to the building and care of bird boxes.

If you would like to reserve your box contact the Land for Wildlife Assistant at landforwildlife@futureplans.org.au.

The bird boxes are given to Land for Wildlife and FuturePLANS members for free, however, a donation for the box would be appreciated so we can continue our work in this area. If you wish to make a donation using paypal, please use the “donate” button below: