Build a nest box
Look up and you will see a variety of wooden nest boxes in the trees above the Wildlife Hospital located in Currumbin. These are used for shelter and breeding by many native animals. It may take 60 to 140 years for a hollow to form in a tree, in the urban environment there are a few mature trees remaining that provide suitable hollows.
To help even the score, you can build a nest box to place in your garden. A great project for the kids and family to do on the weekend. Providing a nest box will greatly assist the native animals in your area and perhaps allow you the joy of watching a pair of birds raise their young every year.
Nest hollows are used for shelter and breeding by many native animals. Hollows are the holes left in a tree after a large branch has died and broken away. Today, old trees are frequently removed and newly forested areas are often lacking in nesting hollows. The lack of tree hollows has had an enormous impact on the survival of large numbers of native animals. To help even the score, you can build a nest box to place in your garden.
Hollow logs (closed at one end) placed horizontally in a tree will provide a shelter for possums, gilders, kookaburras and parrots.
When making a nest box, do not use treated wood (as this is toxic) or chipboard (which cannot withstand the rain). The nest box should be sealed by using a weather proof lacquer or paint. Attach the nest box to the tree using a piece of strong wire through a length of garden hose. Suspend the box by looping the wire around a fork in the tree so that the nest box rests against the tree trunk. This will prevent the tree from becoming ring-barked.