Students’ nesting boxes make grade
ANIMAL nesting boxes made by students from Mundaring Christian College are attracting wildlife to cleared areas of bushland.
The Parkerville high school on 40ha is one of six nesting sites for the Shire of Mundaring conservation project.
A second nesting box is near Mundaring Primary School and another four are on land at Mundaring Arena.
Ornithologist Simon Cherriman and Shire environment and horticulture supervisor David O’Brien recently checked on the progress of the boxes near the arena.
They found a clutch of native duck eggs in the nest made by the primary school children with help from volunteers at Mundaring Men’s Shed.
Mr Cherriman said another nesting box indicated possums may also have found a new home.
“It’s great to see some fauna species have found and used the boxes in these early stages of the project,” he said.
“Continued monitoring over the next few years will provide really useful information on their long-term success.”
The boxes will be monitored annually by Shire environmental officers and local friends groups.
Mr O’Brien said the nesting boxes benefited the students involved with the project, as well as local wildlife.
“The results we’re seeing show this project has been successful not only in creating habitat for native animals, but also educating the younger members of our community about nature,” he said.
Serayah Parker, former Mundaring councillor Patrick Bertola, Lucas Bochtler, Clare Siebermaier, Harvey O’Brien, Mundaring Christian College principal Rod McNeil and Kynan Warden.
Australian wood duck chicks safely hatched from a nesting box.
Australian wood duck eggs in a nesting box in Mundaring bushland.