Empty nests en route for local wildlife

By Matthew Sims

Maribyrnong birdlife and wildlife would soon have 200 new homes to call their own.

At its meeting on Tuesday, June 14, council moved a motion to approve the installation of 200 nest boxes across the area as part of the 2022/2023 capital program.

Yarraville Ward Councilor Michael Clarke said the historic clearing meant there were few mature trees or ‘dead’ trees that had the opportunity to develop hollows for birds and wildlife to create a habitat.

However, he said recent circumstances had meant there had been an influx of birds.

“While the fires that have occurred over the past two summers have been horrific, the impact of these fires has seen, for this city, an influx of birds never seen in the history of this city,” a- he declared.

“The avifauna has just exploded.

“We need to step in here and help our native flora and fauna.”

The Council enlisted the help of the Braybrook Men’s Shed to create the 200 nesting boxes.

Cr Clarke said the new habitats would ensure local wildlife flourished.

“With the existing troughs that we have and what we are putting in place, our children will enjoy what is a great legacy,” he said.

“It’s a good start, I hope other local government authorities in the west will take up what I think is a fantastic initiative.”

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