Artificial nest boxes are becoming increasingly important in wildlife conservation as more trees are cleared and natural nesting hollows are not available.
We can help by planting more trees but whilst we are waiting for tree hollows to form we can install nest boxes.
Landcare member Alan Elliott has been busy working on the design of these great artificial nest boxes.
The Bat box is designed to accommodate the Western Australian Micro bat.
It can be mounted on a flat surface such as a wall or a tree and the bat have a choice of either hanging from the bark/wall surface or the
roughened nest surface. They use the surface as a landing pad and enter the box from the bottom. The box is suspended by 2 chains that hold it
against the tree but also will move outward with the growth of the tree.
The Pardalote or small bird nest box is designed for small birds that require hollows for a nest. The entrance tube is in place so predators
such as Ravens cannot get at the nestlings. The entrance is also located at one end of the nest so the birds can create their nest structure at
the other end.