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Nestbox Project: Melton Mens Shed

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Darren Cunningham and Gil Ellis of Melton Mens Shed with nest boxes for Arnolds Creek

In 2010 MEG member Doug Godsil suggested that we ask the Mens Shed to build nest boxes for MEG to house local wildlife. The Mens Shed had already built many wildlife boxes for Wildlife Victoria for bushfire affected areas. The Mens Shed was happy to support this project.

On Tuesday 22nd June 2010 Doug Godsil and Daryl Akers of MEG visited Melton Mens Shed where Darren Cunningham and Gil Ellis presented us with eight wildlife nest boxes built by the Mens Shed. Wildlife Victoria has endorsed our use of their nest box design for use in Melton. Another seven nest boxes were picked up a couple of weeks later.

The boxes were built with holes of 2 different diameters, to suit different wildlife. These should suit a variety of local wildlife including: parrots, corellas, galahs, ducks, kookaburras, owls, possums etc. Hopefully we should have other joint partnership projects in the future.

These boxes were built totally from recycled timber, making this project an innovative example of practical recycling, in keeping with Melton’s recent winning of Victorian Sustainable City of the Year award; as well as providing homes for local wildlife along Arnolds Creek. Many thanks to Melton Mens shed.



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