Talk about tree hollows as habitat
The importance of tree hollows as habitat for native wildlife was the topic of a well-attended workshop at Pearl Beach on January 10.
Guest speaker was ecologist Mr Alan Kwok who gave a talk about the Hollows as Homes program co-ordinated by Royal Botanic Garden, University of Sydney and Australia Museum.
He said the aim was to assess the availability of tree hollows in backyards, streets, parks, bush or paddocks and to monitor the wildlife using this habitat to determine where nesting boxes might be needed to provide shelter.
Sample nesting boxes were on display for various animals and these can be purchased by special order from the Men's Shed at Bateau Bay (email email@example.com) or by phoning 0435 807 633.
Central Coast Council's environmental education officer Ms Tam Hanson organised the workshop at the Crommelin Native Arboretum at Pearl Beach.
It was part of Council's Love Nature Citizen Science program which involves professional scientists in educating local residents about the region's flora and fauna and biodiversity and to encourage greater community involvement in caring for the local environment.
Media release 10 Jan 2020
Ann Parsons, Crommelin Native Arboretum
Media statement 14 Jan 2020
Tam Hanson, Central Coast Council