Why installing a nest box in your backyard is a good idea

Why installing a nest box in your backyard is a good idea

#Taronga Conservation Society Australia

Posted on 19th March 2018 by Media Relations

How can a nest box help birds?

As we expand our towns, cities and farms we are making many changes to the landscape and not all birds can adapt to this impact.

A lack of tree hollows means fewer places for birds to nest and thrive.

By installing a nest box in your neighbourhood, you are adding to a community of hollows and helping to turn urbanised spaces like backyards into much needed habitat for wild animals.

With the average Australian city being home to 32 threatened species, just a little care and consideration for our feathered friends can make a real contribution to conservation. 

What’s the Problem?

Within NSW, at least 81 bird species rely on tree hollows as a secure home to raise their young. Including mammals, reptiles, and amphibians, that number increases to over 174, of which 40 species are listed as threatened. Land clearing, urbanisation and removal of branches due to the risks imposed by falling, has greatly reduced the number of hollows made available for Australia's unique wildlife. 

What is a Nest Box?

It can take more than 150 years for a tree hollow to form. A nest box is an artificial hollow that can provide habitat for native animals. It is a way to help restore the balance.

Create a Wild Community:

La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary has a variety of nest boxes you can purchase for your backyard! Installing a nest box not only provides native animals with a home, but keeps them out of your roofs and away from pest animals. The nest boxes are constructed from sustainable materials and do not hinder the growth of any tree it is attached to.

Choose Local:

Contact your local council and ask which species you should support in your particular area.

Act for the Wild:

Birds need your help to restore the balance. Helping wildlife with simple acts like installing a nest box can begin in your backyard and make a huge difference to your own wild community.

How else can I help wildlife?

Visit our Act for the Wild page below for other ways you can help save wildlife.