LEARNING ACTIVITY
Building a nest box
Category: Biodiversity
Climate Region: Arid | Temperate | Tropical
State or Territory: ACT | NSW | NT | QLD | SA | TAS | VIC | WA
Age Range: 7-13

STORY

Suyin noticed that some of the bigger trees at her grandparents’ farm had fallen down. “The big storm we had a few weeks ago sadly brought them down, Suyin darling”, Grandfather explained, “I suggest you take a look and see if you can find any surprises”.

Suyin quickly understood what her grandfather meant. A community of millipedes, slugs, ants and more were living inside the tree hollow. It made Suyin wonder how long it takes for hollows to form and how many of our animals rely on them, and what she can do to help create homes for them.

ACTIVITY OVERVIEW

We’re going to build a nest box! Our native animals are in desperate need of homes and nest boxes are an ideal way to help our native birds, marsupials and micro-bats by helping them find a place to live.

Outcomes

For children to:

  • understand how animals use tree hollows
  • value the importance of habitat and natural tree hollows
  • investigate and appreciate the animals that live in your local area
  • develop associations with local Landcare and Environmental groups
  • undertake a hands-on project.
SEASONAL NOTES

Nest boxes can be built at any time of the year. Although some animals only need hollows during their breeding season, others need hollows as their everyday accommodation. Once a nest box has been installed, it may take time for animals to explore and begin using their new home, so don’t worry if it does not get used right away.

Did you know?

It can take over 100 years for hollows to naturally form in trees.

Did you know?

Termites are often required for the formation of natural hollows. They enter the tree from underground and create passages through the centre of the tree and its branches.

Did you know?

Wild bees and birds can invade nest boxes, so it is important to have a plan about what to do if this happens.

Did you know?

It can take over 100 years for hollows to naturally form in trees.

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