Boxes show wildlife thriving after fires: Shire of Mundaring

A ringneck parrot chick (above), and a ringneck parrot emerges from a box. Pictures: Simon Cherriman
Boxes show wildlife thriving after fires: Shire of Mundaring
A ringneck parrot chick (above), and a ringneck parrot emerges from a box. Pictures: Simon Cherriman

MORE than half the nesting boxes installed by Shire of Mundaring as part of bushfire recovery have shown signs of use.

Native animal homes installed earlier this year showed signs of being lived in at reserves impacted by the Parkerville, Stoneville and Mt Helena bushfire in January 2014.

Environmental biologist Simon Cherriman, who built and installed the 36 boxes on behalf of the Shire, checked the boxes last week.

Residents also constructed some box homes during a series of workshops for fire-affected residents.

Shire President Helen Dullard said 19 of the boxes had provided a home in the past few months.

“The various-sized boxes were installed in local reserves just in time for the breeding season and have been well used by native animals,” Cr Dullard said.

“Eight boxes had clutches of Australian Ringneck Parrots inside, three had galahs and several others had evidence of brushtail possums denning inside.

“It’s a positive sign to see the native animals return to the fire-affected areas and shows the resilience of our bushland to recover and attract native wildlife to the area.”

Reserves with nesting boxes installed will continue to be monitored for signs of activity for the remainder of the season.

The boxes provide homes for black cockatoos, possums, parrots, bats and pardalotes.

Funding from the Western Australian Government’s state natural resource management program supported the program.