In­vest­ing in nest­ing

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

COM­MU­NITY mem­bers have come to­gether to help birdlife around Lathlain and Carlisle.

About 20 bird nest­ing boxes were placed in trees at Ray­ment and Tom Wright parks on March 21 af­ter com­mu­nity work­shops were held in Novem­ber to cre­ate the habi­tats.

The boxes were made at the Man­ning Men’s Shed with help from a $2000 grant from the Town of Vic­to­ria Park.

Vic­to­ria Park res­i­dent Jim Mel­lor said the con­cept came out of the pas­sion of res­i­dents af­ter the loss of habi­tat when about 100 trees were re­moved at Lathlain Park to make way for the West Coast Ea­gles.

“It was an op­por­tu­nity to chan­nel the pas­sion felt in the com­mu­nity and to en­sure the birds had a place in the trees,” he said.

“There were about 50 to 60 peo­ple who at­tended the work­shops and Town of Vic­to­ria Park coun­cil­lor Keith Hayes at­tended and sup­ported the project.”

Mr Mel­lor said the place­ment of the boxes was the start of a trial that he hoped to ex­pand in the fu­ture.

“The boxes will be for a va­ri­ety of par­rots and other na­tive species; each box has a dif­fer­ent open­ing size,” he said.

“There will be on­go­ing com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion to keep an eye on the boxes to make sure they haven’t been taken over by bees or de­te­ri­o­rated.

“The boxes will help to pro­tect the birds and hope­fully keep them rel­a­tively safe,” he said.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme­mu­ni­ d467034

Luana Lisan­dro, Yukio Chap­lin, Jim Mel­lor and Heather John­stone with the new bird nests.

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