Thursday 29th June 2017
Council awards funds to 59 community projects
Tuesday 27th June 2017
State budget delivers road and infrastructure funding for Shire
Monday 3rd July 10:30am - 12:30pm
Opening Ceremony - NAIDOC Week
Tuesday 4th July 10:30am - 12:00pm
Finding Food in the Forest - NAIDOC Week - Morning Session
Tree hollows form in the trunk or branches of live or dead trees, and usually are found in much older trees, typically 100-150 years old.
Because they take so long to form, and are so important as habitat for many of our native animal species, it is very important that they are retained wherever possible.
Hollows form as a result of limbs being broken off in the wind, lightning strike, fire or after attack by termites, other insects or fungi. They can be large or small – 18-30 cm or 2-6 cm respectively.
Many arboreal animals utilise tree hollows as permanent homes or nesting sites, including owls, microbats, cockatoos, and possums. Examples of animals that use hollows in our shire include Glossy Black Cockatoos, Powerful Owls, Sugar Gliders, Squirrel Gliders, Kookaburras and the Eastern False Pipistrelle (microbat).
When undertaking developments or landscaping, efforts should be made to avoid and protect all trees with hollows including dead standing trees wherever possible. An arborist can assist to ensure these are kept in a safe condition.
Additionally, young trees also need to be kept or replanted to develop into trees that will form hollows later for future animals.
In areas where natural tree hollows are scarce, next boxes can be used as artificial hollows for many hollow-dependent fauna species. Artificial hollows may be created by an arborist in stag trees as opportunities arise. Whilst nest boxes can increase habitat for many fauna species, they should not be considered a replacement for natural tree hollows.