Results of Nest Box Monitoring Walmer Conservation Reserve

Thank you to everyone who came to the nest box monitoring activity on Sunday 19th May 2019 at the Walmer Conservation Reserve. And a big thank you to Blair from City of Greater Bendigo who lent us the pole and camera equipment, which I found incredibly useful and definitely beats the ‘going up the ladder’ approach. Miles Geldard led the activity and is going to be doing some follow up repairs in the Reserve.

We surveyed for two hours in the morning, but then Nev, Dave, Beth and Theo went back in the afternoon and did another two hours to finish it off. There are around 90 boxes on the reserve and we are currently working on putting in GPS points for each box as well as a new labelling system. Some boxes are for Bats, Pardalotes and Kookaburras, but we only surveyed the larger mammal boxes.

The results are as follows:  We checked 74 boxes in total. We found 28 animals – 5 Brush-tailed Possums, 4 Brush-tailed Phascogales, and 19 Sugar Gliders. There was evidence of recent phascogale nesting in 14 boxes. Three boxes had bees. This data will be submitted into the Atlas of Living Australia.

Blair on the pole camera with various people monitoring through screens and iPods
The monitors allow everyone to see what’s nesting in the box

 

Young Dale and his mum Linda. Dale was doing his Landcare badge for Scouts

 

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Nest Box Monitoring

Sunday 19th May 2019, 10am
Walmer Conservation Reserve
(Muckleford-Walmer Road)

Come and join us this Sunday to look for Brush-tailed Phascogales in the nest boxes at the reserve. We will live-stream boxes, and enter data into the Atlas of Living Australia. Queries to Beth on 0431 219 980.

Jacky Lizards

These guys are everywhere, living in the wood pile, under the tank pump, in stumps of wood, under the caravan. They don’t seem fussy about their homes, and they are incredibly friendly. In fact, we often nearly step on them as they are in no hurry to flee.