A combination of nest boxes and artificial hollows are being used to create homes for wildlife in the Yarra Ranges. Each type has certain characteristics that make them applicable for certain species.
Traditional Nest box
A pine box which is attached to a tree. Useful in providing supplementary habitat, particularly in suburban areas, where older trees are lacking.
The Hollow hog
Arborists drill a small hole the size of a finger into the tree by using a uniquely designed drill head which does not damage the long-term health of the tree. This type of hollow mimics a natural hollow and harnesses the thermal and microbial properties of the tree.
Habitech nest boxes are 3D printed and completely modular, with a stackable design and multiple entry configurations to suit a range of species great and small. Best suited for birds and gliders.
A log hollow is a fallen log that has been repurposed. Using the same device as the 'hollow hog' the arborist carves a hollow into the log and the logs are then secured to a tree.