An enthusiastic group from the Northam Scouts is working with the Noongar Budja Rangers and Wheatbelt NRM to build nest boxes for a range of native birds and animals found on their property just out of Northam.
Over the next few weeks Wheatbelt NRM’s Aboriginal Ranger team will be helping the cub scouts to build nest-boxes for:
Common brushtail possum
The scouts are excited and would also love to install a panda nest-box, if possible!
Once completed the nest-boxes will be installed on the Scouts Australia property, just out of Northam. The property lost most of the mature eucalypts to fire many years ago and, while regeneration is occurring, there are very few suitable nesting hollows present on the property – it can take over 100 years for eucalypts to produce large hollows.
Connected to over 400 hectares of remnant vegetation, which includes the threatened Eucalypt Woodlands of the Western Australian Wheatbelt, the property is no doubt used for feeding by local birds and mammals.
We are looking forward to seeing native birds and mammals breeding and roosting on the property over the next few year.