Funded through donations from FNPW supporters, the nest box program has ensured the preservation of arboreal species including the Brush-tailed Phascogale, Sugar and Feathertail Gliders in an evolving regional setting at Plenty Gorge Park.
This project was funded through generous donations from FNPW supporters across Australia and beyond.
Plenty Gorge Park is a refuge for arboreal marsupials including Feathertail Gliders, Sugar Gliders and importantly the Brushtail Phascogale (FFG listed and vulnerable both in Victoria and nationally). Existing nest boxes at PGP were in poor condition & significant areas of vegetation lacked old growth eucalypts with hollows for nesting and breeding sites.
The key project objective was to enable these species to persist at PGP and to encourage breeding and juvenile dispersal into suitable habitat through a nest box program (construction, hanging & monitoring). An additional goal was the replacement of existing nest boxes hung throughout the park in the 1980’s, found to be in poor condition (missing lids, fallen nest boxes on the ground etc).
Specific achievements include:
- 50 new nest boxes built and hung in appropriate habitat.
- the replacement of old, broken or fallen nest boxes.
- nesting and breeding sites secured for arboreal fauna in old and new locations into the future (projected nest box lifespan 15- 20 years).
- 4 park nest box surveys completed, data recorded, images captured.
- evidence of marsupial occupancy detected (individuals, colonies & nesting materials) in new nest boxes at all sites.
- ongoing environmental benefits in protecting biodiversity within PGP.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
FNPW supports projects across Australia. In the spirit of reconciliation we acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.
PROGRESS OF THIS PROJECT
The project was completed in 2012.
This project was funded by FNPW in 2012.