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Nest Box Project

by Rita de Heer

Owl Box number 12 in Brunswick Valley Landcares Nest Box Project has been generating a lot of excitement! It contains evidence that three different creatures have made their home in it, or at least tried to.

nest-boxes-1The boobook perched on a nearby branch is the latest occupant. I believe at least two of the eggs inside are hers.

A whole lot of wood duck down feathers and the other two eggs in the box lead me to believe that a wood duck was interrupted in her brooding and chased from the box.

In the winter there were lots of leaves in this box and a squad of gliders … this photo from June 2016.

Not such good news from one of the motion detecting cameras that was installed at one of the boxes that has a lot of acitivity.  A feral cat climbing a large eucalypt!  A cat trap has now been placed at the base of the tree but no luck yet capturing the vilan! You can view the video here Cat Video on Facebook

Brunswick Valley Landcare’s Nestbox project started in 2014 after a successfull crowd funding campaing to raise funds to install owl nest boxes.  It has not gwon and we have installed 40 nest boxes over the last 2 years, and lots of different kinds of boxes, not only ones for owls.  We monitor the boxes regularly and add the nest-boxes-2information to our database.  The monitoring has sown that hollows must be in short supply as 60% of our boxes are occupied and some within 3 months of being installed.

To see more of the results from the last round of nest box monitoring please visit the Brunswick Valley Landcare facebook page.  Brunswick Valley Landcare Facebook

To borrow a cat trap please contact Byron Shire Council.

Weeds and Waves


A Brunswick Heads Landcare Adventure…
Free event for local youth who are passionate about the environment. Meet awesome people, learn about weeds, plant a tree and enjoy kayaking and cruising on the beautiful Brunswick River. BBQ included. This event will kick-start an Intrepid Landcare in our community and connect the North Coast to the national movement.

What: Weeds and Waves, Brunswick Heads Landcare Adventure
When: 27th August 2016
Time: 10am-4:30pm
Where: South Beach Park, Brunswick Heads
Who: Local peeps 18-30 years old
Cost: FREE!

10am – 12.30pm – Planting and Weeding with the Brunswick Heads Dunecare Group in and around the dunes at Brunswick Heads
12.30 – 1.30pm – Free BBQ lunch
1.30 – 4.30pm – Kayak/ Cruise/ SUP up the river with Byron Bay Eco Cruises
>4.30pm – Sundowner bevvies @ the Bruns Hotel for anyone interested!

Intrepid Landcare is all about empowering the next generation to care for our land. It’s an adventurous way forward to inspire young Australians to connect with their local communities and protect the environment, building social networks, leadership skills and supporting on-ground environmental restoration.

Co-hosted by Landcare Networks from around the region (Brunswick Valley, Tweed, Richmond and Border Ranges Richmond Valley Landcare) and supported by Intrepid Landcare, this event kick-starts an Intrepid Landcare in our community and connects the North Coast to the national movement.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1033079836760913/

Find out more:

For info contact Alison.Ratcliffe@byron.nsw.gov.au
Phone 0421 244 640 for more info.