A few years ago the Central Otways Landcare Network ran a ‘Creatures of the Night’ walk as a school holiday program activity. Some of the participants, a group of local Scouts and Guides, took note of the lack of habitat hollows due to young regrowth within the Barongarook Trust for Nature property. The following school holidays we set about making up for the short fall and with help from the Men’s Shed of Colac we constructed habitat boxes to suit several creatures such as Pardalote, Parrots, Sugar Gliders, Ringtail and Brushtail possums.
A little over one year on we recently secured a grant of $1100 to purchase a plumbing inspection camera. With over five meters of reach and without the need to climb a ladder - and its associated ‘working from heights’ risk issues - monitors can now peer inside the (nearly 100) boxes without disturbing any potential inhabitants and take photos and/or video footage.
Our Green Army crew took time out to put the camera to the test. To our delight, one of the five boxes we inspected is now home to a family of at least three Sugar Gliders!
This project has also been a story of successful partnership; between the Landcare Group, Men’s Shed, Otway District Scouts and Cubs, Green Army and individual volunteers with complementary skills (working from heights/arborist).
Photo: The Plumbing inspection camera has been a valuable tool. Sugar Gliders picture taken with the camera.
The Landcare Share Centre is grassroots Landcare supporting grassroots Landcare
The Share Centre is a service provided by Landcare Victoria Incorporated (LVI)