Making space for our night time wonders

This project involves habitat restoration by installing nest boxes and artificial hollows to increase tree hollow habitat.

Project name Making space for our night time wonders

Species name

Masked owl (Tyto novaehollandiae), powerful owl (Ninox strenua), and squirrel glider (Petaurus norfolcensis)

Location

Western Sydney

Project description

Tree hollows are spaces that naturally form in the trunk or branches of a living or dead tree. These tree hollows represent vital homes for many threatened owls and gliders and are important spaces for them to nest and breed. Due to the removal of many mature hollow-bearing trees throughout the Cumberland Plain habitat restoration is a solution.

This project involves habitat restoration by installing nest boxes and artificial hollows to do the job of the naturally occurring hollow. It also involves undertaking bi-annual surveys to find out how the owls and gliders have responded to the restoration.

Partners

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

Funds or contribution

$60,000 over two years for the installation of nest boxes and artificial hollows, as well as conducting bi-annual surveys

Desired outcomes

Enhance the habitat for threatened native animals, and encourage greater community engagement and involvement in the rehabilitation of threatened species like owls and gliders.