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Building Nesting Boxes for Wildlife

About The Program

Melbourne has an incredible variety of native plants and animals living within our suburbs and Bay. The EcoCentre is passionate about sharing the wonders of this urban wildlife.

Wildlife within Melbourne (and other urban ares) especially arboreal (tree-dependant) and noctural (active during the night) species face numerous pressures from urbanisation.

The EcoCentre has a long running urban habitat and nest box program that provide much needed homes (habitat) for the following species:

– Eastern Rosella
– Microbats (especially Gould’s Wattled Bat)
– Wood Duck

These species in particular are facing localised extinction in many Melbourne suburbs, including St Kilda, Elwood and Elsternwick. Our nest box information brings together the great work of various Australian and Victorian nest box programs with updated designs and research by our own Youth Wildlife Ambassador, Gio Fitzpatrick.

Interactive Step by Step Guide: Bat Box Project
Ready to make your own mircobat nest tube using items that are normally thrown away? Our Step by Step Bat Box Project Guide uses videos and text to show you how to make your own microbat nest tube. Navigate your way through the guide by clicking on the bat wings on the bottom left and right of the screen. Each instructional video can also be viewed on our EcoCentreTV YouTube Channel. The Bat Box Project EPublisher project was completed by Deakin University Collaboration in Design program students Justine Millsom, Jamie Choi and Chanaka Suriya.

Start the Interactive Bat Box Project Guide!

The EcoCentre acknowledges the Kulin Nations, including the Yalukut Weelam clan of the Boon Wurrung language group, traditional owners of the land on which we are located.

We pay respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Elder members of our multicultural community.