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


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.


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.


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.

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.

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