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Wildlife boom hits Unley

March 2, 2015

images (31)Back in 2009, Unley Council undertook a program to encourage wildlife breeding throughout the city… by installing 28 breeding boxes.

Today, with the help of local schools, that figure has risen to more than 100… with great success and the sighting of a new resident — a microbat  (aka a Chocolate Wattle Bat, pictured) at Heywood Park.

Reporting on the success of the scheme to support the breeding and habitat survival of our local fauna, Council’s sustainable landscape specialist Trevor Stein says that 2014 was the most successful year so far for wildlife occupation and breeding.

“Over 60 percent of the boxes were used for breeding by parrots and possums and 94 percent were used by a range of the target vertebrate species. The program has expanded considerably over the past three years and has assisted Unley Council in meeting its biodiversity objectives. And the program has allowed Unley residents to observe, appreciate and even learn a little more about the city’s wildlife”.

Nesting boxes are scattered across the city, with 17 in Ridge Park, 10 at Heywood Park , 15 at the Forestville Reserve and 10 at Fullarton Park  Centre.

But not all wildlife members are welcome visitors. Bees took up (temporary) residence in three boxes and galahs continue to be suspected of damaging a number of them.

Meanwhile, from reports I have been receiving from around the suburbs, it’s been a particularly good year for the lizard family, especially blue-tongues.

 

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 2, 2015 1:38 pm

    love the walking trail along Windsor and around the area with the beautiful tree/leaf boat sculptures – lots and lots of wildlife, especially native birds. Great job Unley.

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  2. cllrmikehudson permalink*
    March 2, 2015 1:44 pm

    Thanks, Bec. I agree it’s a great asset to the area, and I am happy to have been one of the instigators…

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