Covering the Goulburn and Murray valleys

Learn about nest boxes from a master

Ray Thomas will share his expertise in Seymour.

LESLEY DALZIEL June 6, 2014 3:23am

Nestboxes have proved vital for squirrel gliders.

Whiteheads Creek Landcare Group will host the latest event of its ‘‘Nest-boxes for Wildlife’’ project on June 13.

The afternoon will start at Seymour Bushland Park, Telegraph Rd entrance, at 4pm for nest box checking, followed by a light meal and then a talk by Ray Thomas at 6pm at the Whiteheads Creek Hall, Kobyboyn Rd.

All welcome, for part or all of the program.

Some of the special animals still sharing our landscape with us are sugar and squirrel gilders and brush-tailed phascogales.

They need hollows to live in and also need understorey wattles in particular as well as old trees.

To help them the group has installed nestboxes along Lambing Gully Rd and also has planted trees and understorey where there were significant gaps in the roadside corridor.

Mr Thomas, the guest speaker, will be familiar to many.

He has many years of experience in conservation and in running a highly successful nest box and revegetation project in the Lurg Hills.

In 2009 he was awarded the prestigious Conservationist of the Year by the Australian Geographic Society, in recognition of his 20 years of work on Regent Honeyeater Project near Benalla.

Under his watch, the project has become one of the most active volunteer conservation projects in the nation, involving roughly 28000 volunteers planting more than 500000 trees and shrubs, rehabilitating more than 1450ha of farm land, brought 15 rare birds back from the brink of local extinction and installed 400 nest boxes.

This is going to be a wonderful interactive community experience with ample opportunity to talk to Mr Thomas and learn more.

To attend, phone Carolyn on 57924212, so we can cater for all.

— Lesley Dalziel

Whiteheads Creek Landcare Group

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