Before you build or buy
Before you consider installing a nest box find out what fauna may be in your local area. Like us many animals have very particular requirements when they are seeking a home. Some species are more in need of hollows than others. Try making and installing a box for Feather tail gliders, Crimson rosellas, phascogales (which also suit antechinus), microbats and sugar gliders. You may need a brush tail possum box if possums are living in your roof and you want to rehouse them.
Many animals like bats use more than one hollow and regularly change hollows. This helps keep their hollows clean and free of parasites or diseases or confuse predators.
We may add nest boxes into our garden to help provide homes for fauna. There are nest box patterns available so you can make your own, or give to someone who can, or buy them already made.
The size and position of the entrance hole is very important and needs to be
· at the side for animals
· and the front for birds
· and back for feather tail gliders
· and bottom for bats
· add a length of shade cloth or old jeans in a bat box to give them something to hold onto
· don’t forget to cut some grooves inside the box to allow the young birds and fauna to get out