Habitat trees, hollows and nest boxes

In the region, there are a number of native mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and bird species that use tree hollows. In fact, approximately 15 per cent of Australia’s terrestrial vertebrate wildlife depend on tree hollows for shelter or breeding.

As naturally occurring tree hollows take many years to develop, residents are encouraged to install nest boxes and plant native food and habitat trees to support their local wildlife.

Where can I get a nest box?

Nest boxes are available for purchase from a number of suppliers, or you can make our own.  You can also choose to receive a free nest box if you qualify and join one of Council's voluntary conservation programs.

Whether you decide to purchase a nest box or build your own, the size and design of the nest box will vary depending upon the animal you want to attract.  For example, micro bats and small gliders tend to use a nest box with a small entrance, while brushtail possums, owls and some parrots will require larger entrances.

There are may resources available online or at your local library to assist you with building and maintaining a nest box suitable for wildlife in your area.

Installing a nest box

Ideally nest boxes should be installed by a professional arborist who can ensure that the nest box is installed in a manner that does not affect the ongoing health of the tree.