Stu­dents’ nest­ing boxes make grade

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - NEWS -

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.

Pic­ture: Si­mon Cher­ri­man

Aus­tralian wood duck chicks safely hatched from a nest­ing box.

Pic­ture: Si­mon Cher­ri­man

Aus­tralian wood duck eggs in a nest­ing box in Mun­dar­ing bush­land.

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