Trees play an important role in our City, adding social, economic and environmental value. From an ecological perspective, older trees in particular provide habitat for a wide range of local fauna.
To support the creation and preservation of this habitat, the City of Unley has introduced environmentally supportive protection measures.
One of these measures is the Artificial Wildlife Boxes Project, which started in 2009 with the installation of 28 boxes. The original boxes were established in Ridge and Heywood Parks, with a single box installed on Windsor Street, Parkside.
The project’s gone from strength to strength since its inception. “The total number of boxes has grown to 121 located across all parts of the City, including council parks, reserves, verges and schools,” says Trevor Stein, City of Unley’s Sustainable Landscape Specialist. “Boxes are different shapes and sizes to accommodate a variety of wildlife including parrots, possums, kookaburras, pardalotes (native wrens) and bats”.
Each year, the boxes are serviced and surveyed to record wildlife activity. The boxes are cleaned, if required, and new nesting material is added. The mechanisms that secure the boxes are safety checked and adjusted to allow tree growth.
This year’s survey found over 50% of the wildlife boxes used for breeding or nesting. Native birds discovered include Rainbow Lorikeets, Adelaide and Eastern Rosellas and Galas. Many Brushtail and Ringtail Possums take advantage of the boxes while a Chocolate Wattle Bat and Marbled Gecko have also been found taking shelter.
“We’d love to see this project continue to grow,” says Trevor, “allowing Unley residents to observe, appreciate and learn a little more about the City’s native wildlife”.
View the recent Nesting Box Monitoring and Servicing Report.
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