Muckleford Landcare has installed 90 nest boxes in the Walmer South Nature Reserve and an adjoining road reserve in order to provide refuge and breeding opportunities for wild-life in the reserve and nearby tracts of bushland such as Ottrey’s Scrub to the north. The area currently contains several scattered hollow-bearing old trees and a limited number of branch and trunk cavities. Many of these are accessible to predators such as the red fox.
Target species for the project include the Brush-tailed Phascogale, Microbats, Sugar Gliders and a range of birds. Some are prey species for Powerful Owls and other raptors that forage in this area. A range of nest boxes designed by Miles Geldard were commissioned. Each box has been identified by a numbered aluminium tag and GPS location in order to facilitate future monitoring and maintenance.
The project is a partnership between Muckleford Landcare and Parks Victoria and has been made possible with a Second Generation Landcare Grant from the North Central CMA.
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