✓ Research-based design, construction, installation and monitoring
✓ Large-scale and rapid response deployment of habitat for regenerating and fire-impacted natural landscapes
✓ Establishing safe and relevant places for wildlife to shelter, hunt, forage and reproduce across agricultural and urban environments
In partnership with land managers and governments to replenish habitat for threatened species, to better understand the impact the fires have had on these species and to identify the most effective solutions to support wildlife post-fires.
WWF SoS Glider Research Trail supporting wildlife impacted by bushfire in Bundjalung National Park, Tabbimobile Swamp Nature Reserve and the Minyumai and Ngunya Jargoon Indigenous Protected Areas (IPA's).
Wildlife Safe Havens #1 for Brunswick Valley Landcare and supported by the WIRES Bushfire fund.
In partnership with farmers, landowners and communities to establish habitat and support wildlife in agricultural and urban environments.
Wildlife Safe Havens #2 for Brunswick Valley Landcare and supported by businesses, farmers and communities of the Byron Shire
River-to-Ridge habitat connectivity project for Brunswick Valley Landcare and supported by the NSW Environment Trust.
The nation-wide "Box-in-every-Backyard" Habitat Hostel project for urban environments.
The Northern Rivers Farming Cluster habitat project supported by large agricultural landholders.
Nest Boxes and Habitat Hollows for urban and agricultural landscapes targeting a range of bird, mammal, reptile and insect species.
Australian made in Mullumbimby and Murwillumbah NSW.
Sustainable, strong and safe.
Made from locally grown and manufactured Hoop Pine Ply and protected by Australian made, non-toxic and zero VOC Ecolour finishes.
Reclaimed and rescued tree hollows, and concrete pipe caves, are adapted to create habitat for a range of birds, mammals, reptiles and insects.
One-off and hand-crafted with care and precision.
We design, build, install and monitor specialist nest boxes and hollow habitat for large scale projects. The boxes are made with the highest quality and sustainably produced architectural-grade exterior ply, including custom fittings and fixtures crafted from reclaimed and recycled materials. They are protected by hot-wax-dipping and Australia-made non-toxic Ecolour finishes.
Our professional team of tree climbers, arborists, landscapers, builders and species specialists can install with precision and care.
Starting with one box in your backyard across Byron, Tweed, Ballina and Lismore Shires - please call for others areas across Australia.
And including large scale and rapid response habitat deployment - Northern Rivers NSW.
4G enabled infra-red, motion-sensor wildlife cameras, pole cameras for nest box inspection, song meters to record bird calls and sounds of the forest, bat detection and a range of technologies are used to assist in identifying wildlife and monitoring how effective the hollow habitat is.
We work with leading ecologists and species and habitat specialists to provide an assessment of wildlife, available natural habitat and efficacy of built habitat.
Many of Australia’s fauna need tree hollows to shelter or to reproduce including:
These include owls, gliders, phascogales, microbats, bees, possums, parrots, antechinus, ducks, rosellas and kingfishers as well as many species of snakes, frogs, skinks and thousands of insect species.
A range of hollow shapes, sizes, depths and height, from on the ground to high in the tree-tops, is necessary for biodiversity.
Hollows in fallen trees are equally important for species such as echidna, quoll, bandicoot and many lizards and reptiles.
Suitable hollows can take 200 years to form - and we need to provide hollow habitat for these species while the forests recovery and grow.
Intense and widespread fires have dramatically reduced the number of available hollows for native species - for right now and for decades to come - across Australia.
There’s a further risk of hollow loss through the clearing of trees post-bushfires for safety, recovery and construction reasons.
The recent bushfires across Australia have destroyed:
50% of the known habitat for more than 100 threatened species
80% of known habitat of 49 threatened species
50% of known habitat of another 65 listed species
Scientists have warned that some species have become extinct and that it could take a decade to better understand this.
It starts with sound research and a zero-waste approach:
We then consider the materials - and first-up is the exterior-grade architectural ply:
Fittings and fixtures:
Protection against the harsh natural elements - whiles remaining safe for wildlife:
For large scale projects and specialist applications we have developed a ground-breaking process to protect the boxes for the long-term:
For custom projects we design specific hanging mechanisms to ensure the boxes stay-up for the long-term while the forest grows including:
To protect the boxes for the long-term against the harsh Australian environment, and to assist in insulation and acoustics, we use a combination of hot-wax-dipping and Australian made, non toxic and zero VOC Ecolour finishes
Brunswick Valley Landcare: 30 private landholdings across the Byron Shire were provided with a site-inspection, ecological health check in relation to the ability of the flora to support fauna and a nest box was installed targeting a range of species from small, medium and large birds, mammals and reptiles. Landholders can access wildlife cameras to monitor their properties and a formal nest box inspection will be conducted within 12 months.
Brunswick Valley Landcare: A larger scale version of Stage 1 will be rolled-out across the Shire in 2021 to support hundreds of wildlife. Watch this space for more updates.
Brunswick Valley Landcare has commissioned a range of leading artists to paint nest boxes. These will be available for sale to raise funds for a major Wildlife Safe Havens project across the Byron Shire, NSW.
This box, created by Mullumbimby artist Samantha Wortelhock has sold for $3000. breakawayart.com.au
A threatened species dependent on tree hollows for its survival...
Wildbnb aims to assist one million of Australia's precious fauna, reliant on tree hollows and impacted by bushfire, with a safe place to shelter, hunt, forage and reproduce while the forest recovers.