Currently, there are at least 10,000 nest boxes installed across Victoria to help protect our wildlife.That’s according to a recent study by DELWP’s Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research (ARI).

Nest boxes support Victoria’s biodiversity by providing homes for our native wildlife. They’re used by native animals like Sugar Gliders, Brush-tailed Phascogales, Common Ringtail Possums, Agile/Yellow-footed Antechinus, Crimson and Eastern Rosellas, microbats and Australian Owlet-nightjar, to name a few.

Hundreds of citizen scientists, who volunteer for the environment, help build and install these boxes across Victoria each year, which is a remarkable achievement. They’re a great way to get more people connecting directly with our native wildlife. Those involved in nest box projects can see animals using the boxes, learn about how animals interact with their environment, and witness seasonal changes in activity.

However, only 55% of nest box programs monitor whether native or invasive species use the boxes. By encouraging more monitoring of the boxes, we can get a clearer picture of what’s working and what isn’t.

So, we’ve developed guidelines for effective nest box programs which include advice on setting clear objectives for nest box projects, nest box design and monitoring their use.

More information on citizen scientist opportunities:

Australian Citizen Science Australia  

State-wide Integrated Flora and Fauna Teams

Southern Right Whales

Birdlife- Birdata

FrogID

Questagame

Photos provided by Annette Muir and Jess Lawton.

Nest boxes sugar glider  - Jess Lawton

Nest box in tree - Annette Muir

Page last updated: 18/09/19