New homes for native wildlife

More than 220 nest boxes have been installed along easements on the Central Coast and Hunter to provide homes for native wildlife to offset the loss of some hollow-log bearing trees due to new and upgraded powerlines.

Comprehensive environmental management plans were developed to restore easements and promote the regeneration of vegetation. In addition to nest boxes, the rehabilitation program included weed removal, native seed collection and propagation of native endemic flora species.

Access tracks created for construction vehicles have also been rehabilitated with improved drainage to ensure future viability and guard against runoff into creeks and tributaries in the area.

The last audit of these nest boxes for the Hunter site showed that more than 90 percent of boxes were now homes for feathertail gliders, pygmy possums, brushtail possums, emerald spotted tree frogs, galahs and parrots.

[pic: A brushtail possum takes up residence in a nest box]