Cassilis inspires nest boxes biodiversity project

REGIONAL Landcare Network has provided funding through a partnership with Hunter Local Land Services (LLS) for construction of nest boxes for endangered birds, small mammals and microbats displaced by the Sir Ivan Bushfire.

Murrurrundi, Merriwa and Denman Men’s Sheds have together constructed 150 nest boxes for species including the eastern rosella, red rump parrot, kookaburra, pacific black duck, ringtail possum, owlet nightjar, tree creeper, pardalote, grey shrike thrush, barn owl, brushtail possum, sugar glider, squirrel glider and microbat species.

After the devastating 2017 Sir Ivan Bushfire, Merriwa Landcare Group hosted a forum to inspire local support for a sustainable recovery program at Cassilis, which resulted in the Inspire Farm Biodiversity Project.

The initiative involves revegetation with local native tubestock on fire-affected properties and installation of nest boxes in remaining trees to replace the mature hollow bearing species that were lost.

And, many volunteer groups and individuals have come forward to help with the project.

The Landcare team visited each property to assess soil type and conditions and prepared re-vegetation plans with optimal site preparation and species selection. 

Cressfield stud near Scone also voluntarily grew trees from supplied seed for the Cassilis area.

More than 8000 trees, shrubs, herbs, lilies and grasses have been grown and will be distributed across seven properties. 

Merriwa Landcare Group’s revegetation project has been funded by Hunter Local Land Services through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.