Donation strictly for the birds
SHIRLEY Majors used to delight in watching more than 35 species of birds at her property in Caversham.
Since moving to an apartment in Subiaco, the former primary school teacher said she was lucky to see a couple of willy wagtails or magpies.
Ms Majors recently donated $10,000 to the City of Subiaco to set up a nest box project with local schoolchildren throughout August.
“I realised that we needed the next generation to value the birds and understand that we cannot cut down these big trees that have nesting hollows,” she said.
About 240 students from Perth Modern School and Jolimont, Subiaco and Rosalie primary schools attended a wildlife presentation and two-hour workshop to build six nest boxes per school.
“It has been great to see the schools take it on board,” Ms Majors said.
“We hope that other schools get on board and it can become part of the regular school environment projects.
“They are building nest boxes for owls, pardalotes, microbats and galahs. Environmentalist Joe Tonga does a great job of teaching the children why it is so important to conserve our bird populations.”
A City spokeswoman said the new nest boxes complemented 11 nest boxes that the City had installed over the past four years, including communities of microbats at JH Abrahams Reserve and the striated pardalote at Mabel Talbot Reserve.