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Staff and students of La Trobe University work together at the Melbourne Wildlife Sanctuary to develop the best outcomes for nesting habitats of all Australian animals. For over 20 years nesting boxes have been tried and tested in our 30 hectare facility. www.latrobe.edu.au/wildlife/nursery/nestboxes
POSSUM (SMALL) The two common species of Possums in the Melbourne area are the Brushtail and Ringtail Possums.  The smaller Ringtail possum can make its own nest in dense undergrowth, but will use nesting boxes.

POSSUM (SMALL) The two common species of Possums in the Melbourne area are the Brushtail and Ringtail Possums. The smaller Ringtail possum can make its own nest in dense undergrowth, but will use nesting boxes.

Nest boxes can help to alleviate this competition and promote breeding in many native species. They can be particularly valuable in areas where feeding resources remain, but nesting sites have been lost, e.g. in suburban parks and gardens. Providing shelter for these animals, both by planting and/or preserving Eucalypts and installing nest boxes, not only aids their survival but may reduce conflicts with the human population.

Nest boxes can help to alleviate this competition and promote breeding in many native species. They can be particularly valuable in areas where feeding resources remain, but nesting sites have been lost, e.g. in suburban parks and gardens. Providing shelter for these animals, both by planting and/or preserving Eucalypts and installing nest boxes, not only aids their survival but may reduce conflicts with the human population.

PARROTS are amongst the most colourful of the Australian birds. Many of those in the Melbourne area feed on nectar from eucalypts (gum trees). They require hollow branches in which to breed. Some parrot species (e.g. Lorikeets) tend to do better when nesting close together. This helps them compete with introduced birds such as Starlings and Indian Mynahs. Two types of parrot boxes are available: Rosella (vertical) and Lorikeet (horizontal).

PARROTS are amongst the most colourful of the Australian birds. Many of those in the Melbourne area feed on nectar from eucalypts (gum trees). They require hollow branches in which to breed. Some parrot species (e.g. Lorikeets) tend to do better when nesting close together. This helps them compete with introduced birds such as Starlings and Indian Mynahs. Two types of parrot boxes are available: Rosella (vertical) and Lorikeet (horizontal).

POSSUMS. The two common species of Possums in the Melbourne area are the Brushtail and Ringtail Possums. The larger Brushtail is well known for entering suburban homes. Giving them a house of their own may keep them out of yours.

POSSUMS. The two common species of Possums in the Melbourne area are the Brushtail and Ringtail Possums. The larger Brushtail is well known for entering suburban homes. Giving them a house of their own may keep them out of yours.

SUGAR GLIDERS. Another possum species in many parts of Australia is the Sugar Glider. These beautiful animals can live in groups of five or more. They have a diet of insects, nectar and tree sap. Eucalypts that are home to Sugar Gliders may be healthier than those without. This is because of the large numbers of insect pests that Sugar Gliders consume. Sugar Gliders prefer small entrances to their nests.

SUGAR GLIDERS. Another possum species in many parts of Australia is the Sugar Glider. These beautiful animals can live in groups of five or more. They have a diet of insects, nectar and tree sap. Eucalypts that are home to Sugar Gliders may be healthier than those without. This is because of the large numbers of insect pests that Sugar Gliders consume. Sugar Gliders prefer small entrances to their nests.

BATS. These special boxes are designed for bats only and will not attract unwanted pest species such as bees or feral birds. The area below the box should also be free from obstructions to allow easy access. Boxes should be placed as high as possible and facing to the west or east to get the morning sun.

BATS. These special boxes are designed for bats only and will not attract unwanted pest species such as bees or feral birds. The area below the box should also be free from obstructions to allow easy access. Boxes should be placed as high as possible and facing to the west or east to get the morning sun.

ducks. Several duck species are known to use hollows in trees. Wood Ducks and Black Ducks use tree hollows and will use nest boxes. Other duck species, such as Chestnut and Grey Teal will use nesting boxes if they are placed over water. This box has a special entrance that prevents predators from getting eggs. Can be placed on tree or post.

ducks. Several duck species are known to use hollows in trees. Wood Ducks and Black Ducks use tree hollows and will use nest boxes. Other duck species, such as Chestnut and Grey Teal will use nesting boxes if they are placed over water. This box has a special entrance that prevents predators from getting eggs. Can be placed on tree or post.


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Darcy Van Heuveln of Cary, North Carolina, shared this funny photo of a neighborhood opossum napping in her birdhouse. A few years ago, squirrels overtook the house, enlarging the entrance hole, and now its main resident seems to be this critter that Darcy named Rufus. country-magazine.com

Darcy Van Heuveln of Cary, North Carolina, shared this funny photo of a neighborhood opossum napping in her birdhouse. A few years ago, squirrels overtook the house, enlarging the entrance hole, and now its main resident seems to be this critter that Darcy named Rufus. country-magazine.com

Watched by two koalas, this possum found his way into a bird house erected by Hills local Rob Morrison who snapped the incredible picture. Morrison erects a number of bird houses around his property to provide shelter to the plethora of local birds that frequent his area. Possums are regulars too with many spotted crawling their way out of the tiny houses.

Watched by two koalas, this possum found his way into a bird house erected by Hills local Rob Morrison who snapped the incredible picture. Morrison erects a number of bird houses around his property to provide shelter to the plethora of local birds that frequent his area. Possums are regulars too with many spotted crawling their way out of the tiny houses.

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