Building new homes for gliders
Gliders rely on the hollows only found in mature trees to survive. Sadly, the number of hollow bearing trees has dramatically declined in many areas due to ongoing land clearing and logging. This, along with a reduction in the amount of habitat available for gliders and a less well connected landscape, is resulting in the disappearance of gliders from many areas in which they once flourished. As hollows take many years to form naturally, replanting alone is not sufficient.
To assist we are therefore working to install nestboxes to serve as supplementary den sites whilst plantings mature. When placed in paddock trees between larger patches of habitat, nest boxes also serve as shelter from predators for gliders moving through the landscape.
All species of glider use multiple hollows, often changing nesting sites every few days. Squirrel Gliders, for example, have been recorded using 10 to 15 hollows different hollows over the period of just a few months! The more hollows that are available in an area, the more the prospective nest sites and the greater the number of gliders that can live in that location.
Due to commence in late 2015, our nestbox program will include:
- Surveys of the number of mature hollow-bearing trees in areas containing glider habitat.
- Building and installing of nest boxes.
- Monitoring of nest boxes to see what species take up residence and how they are being used.
- Checking nest boxes to ensure they are not being hijacked by animals or insects that compete with gliders for nesting sites, such as bees or Noisy Miners.
Stay tuned to find out how you can get involved!