Creating nesting hollows for wildlife

Many of our native animals have trouble finding a suitable home as natural hollows are not as plentiful as needed. Bellthorpe landowner, John Child’s has taken this problem to heart and is utilising creative ways to provide hollows for the many species that need them.

John's project involves setting up a range of nest boxes through his forest, He has installed several smaller nest boxes suitable for gliders, parrots etc, but how do you house large owls and cockatoos?

Cast off wheelie bins may be just the thing for these animals that nest in very big hollows found in trees of 200+ years of age. Few of these trees still remain as a result of past logging and clearing. An inventive local builder is assisting John to see if these bins will be taken up by the local wildlife.

The project has also ventured into carving hollows into suitable trees rather than waiting for decades for the trees to naturally form hollows. These hollows will hopefully provide long lasting nesting sites for gliders, phascogales and many birds. Local arborist, Matt Roy was the chainsaw wielding hollow creator. He was assisted by John, as well as local builder and wheelie bin hollow inventor Paul Luthje and Barry Traill, a wildlife ecologist with a long nest box history.

This project has been generously supported by Moreton Bay Regional Council.

Local ABC Rural Reporter, Jennifer Nichols came along to see the nest box project. You can follow this link to her report.

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