Nest boxes to aid restoration of Harrington Forest

Nest boxes to aid restoration of Harrington Forest

Houses are being built for humans all the time in Camden, and now some of our animal friends have got some new digs.

Ten new nest boxes have been installed in Harrington Forest's Cumberland Plain Woodland - with the help of some of the region's youngest residents.

Children from a number of local childcare centres and primary schools decorated the nest boxes, which will be used by native birds and mammals in the forest.

Camden mayor Theresa Fedeli said involving local children in the creation of the boxes was a great way to educate them on the importance of tree hollows and how nest boxes can help native wildlife by providing a safe home.

"We are very lucky to be living amongst many fantastic environmental hotspots in the Camden area and it is important to protect and enhance them," Cr Fedeli said.

"Camden Council has been able to remove weeds to help regenerate native vegetation in the area which is important in keeping the area in good stead for future generations to enjoy.

"Our local children have done a remarkable job in decorating the nest boxes and I look forward to seeing them watch native wildlife enjoy their nest boxes.

Funding of $20,000 was secured from the federal government's Communities Environment Program last year to restore the forest through woody weed removal.

A Nest Box Trail Map will be created which residents can download and use when bushwalking within Harrington Forest.

They will be able to find all 10 decorated nest boxes and become citizen scientists by observing any animals that move into the nest boxes.

The Nest Box Trail Map will be available on Camden Council's website in early June.

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