FAWNA's bushfire recovery extends to establishing nest boxes for wildlife

Found a home: Some of the new nest boxes now installed in areas of the Port Macquarie-Hastings.

Found a home: Some of the new nest boxes now installed in areas of the Port Macquarie-Hastings.

FAWNA has mounted a number of nest boxes as part of its bushfire recovery actions.

Donations from the public were used to fund the nest boxes through the Food 4 Wildife and Nest Box Appeal.

Pappinbarra resident, Trevor Smith, constructed the boxes from recycled hardwood.

FAWNA president, Meredith Ryan said the nest boxes mirror the natural habitat as much as possible.

"Iit is important that nest boxes are species specific mirroring as much as possible the dimensions and entry hole sizes the various hollow-dependent wildlife species prefer," she said.

"FAWNA is aiming to partner with several organisations on installation of nest boxes throughout the FAWNA region and has a number of people making boxes for many different wildlife species.

"We had a very positive meeting with Forestry Corporation this week and has been talking with Landcare and MidCoast Council about potential partnerships through FAWNA's region in the three large local government areas of MidCoast, Port Macquarie-Hastings and Kempsey.

"The Animal Rescue Collective (ARC) has come aboard with an offer to provide nest boxes made by the men's sheds."

ARC has been distributing wildlife food and equipment to the many different wildlife rescue and care groups throughout NSW and further afield, and the addition of nest boxes to the mix to help wildlife is a very welcome initiative.

FAWNA is indebted to arborist Ben who came from Nelson Bay and donated a Sunday's work in installing 15 nest boxes on private land in the Lake Cathie area.

Many hands: FAWNA has thanked the many volunteers who are assembling next boxes.

Many hands: FAWNA has thanked the many volunteers who are assembling next boxes.

FAWNA's nest box coordinator Louise Moore praised the level of support.

"The support from the public and community groups has been just fantastic," she said.

"We have had schools, local craft and wood working groups and individuals making boxes, putting together boxes we bought as flat packs, and painting and sorting fixtures.

"MacKillop College Junior Campus in Port Macquarie is making 60 boxes as a woodwork project with FAWNA providing materials and some tooling costs."

In addition several FAWNA members and friends of FAWNA are making boxes.

FAWNA's original order of 174 flat pack boxes was distributed through its region for mainly private landholders in or near burned areas.

The FAWNA president said the program will be ongoing.

"Through partnerships, we hope that once installation is complete we will have a robust monitoring project to see which style boxes are preferred and taken up by what species," she said.

"We will also be able to gauge long-term use of the boxes as habitat recovers.

"Researchers and the scientific community is keen to understand more about take up of the different styles of nest boxes to properly deal with what will inevitably be a changing forest landscape following such severe drought and fires."

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