Brookfarm installs wildlife shelters to protect native species
In early 2021, a new chapter began on the Brook family farm with the installation of 13 permanent homes for native wildlife. The nest boxes and hollow habitats, provided by Wildbnb will provide homes for up to 40 different species of birds and wildlife - 8 of which are critically endangered, including sugar gliders, micro bats, possums, owls and a large variety of other birds.
At Brookfarm, we have always been passionate about supporting our environment and rebuilding our local biodiversity. Through our regenerative farming practices, rainforest regeneration and integrated farming system, our farm has welcomed home a number of native species including native bees, insects, platypus, owls, koalas, echidna turtles, water dragons, snakes and birds.
“The installation of these new wildlife boxes allows us to establish safe, secure places for wildlife to shelter, hunt, forage and reproduce. I believe it is an essential plank in increasing biodiversity throughout our farm,” says Martin Brook, co-founder of Brookfarm.
Why are native wildlife shelters so important?
Many of Australia’s native wildlife need tree hollows to shelter or breed. These include owls, gliders, Glossy Black Cockatoos, microbats, bees, possums, parrots, and kingfishers, as well as many species of snakes, frogs, skinks and thousands of insect species. With the increase in natural disasters such as fire and flood, and the increase in tree clearing, the number of suitable hollows has diminished, drastically reducing the number of vital wildlife havens. With natural hollows taking up to 200 years to form, Wildbnb wildlife nests and hollows help to provide these essential homes.
How do Wildbnb nests boxes and hollow habitats work?
Wildbnb nests boxes and hollow habitats have been carefully researched, designed and built to target specific species and provide a suitable solution, close to what the wildlife would naturally seek. With a zero-waste approach, they have been built using high-quality sustainable, reclaimed and recycled materials to last long term.
With the help of Wildbnb’s professional team of tree climbers, arborists, ecologists, builders and species specialists, 13 permanent wildlife homes have been secured to trees around our farm rainforest.
A number of infra-red, motion-sensor cameras have also been installed to help monitor the effectiveness of these homes. These cameras provide an amazing opportunity to identify wildlife as well as record new species, song meters, bird calls and bat detection.
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Photos by: Locky Cooper
Wildbnb climber: Gregor Nass