Study

Den trees, hollow-bearing trees and nest boxes: management of squirrel glider (Petaurus norfolcensis) nest sites in tropical Australian woodland

  • Published source details Ball T., Goldingay R.L. & Wake J. (2011) Den trees, hollow-bearing trees and nest boxes: management of squirrel glider (Petaurus norfolcensis) nest sites in tropical Australian woodland. Australian Mammalogy, 33, 106–116.

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This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Provide artificial dens or nest boxes on trees

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Terrestrial Mammal Conservation
  1. Provide artificial dens or nest boxes on trees

    A study in 2003–2006 of 16 woodland fragments in Queensland, Australia (Ball et al. 2011) found that 20% of nest boxes were used by squirrel gliders Petaurus norfolcensis. In total, 11 out of 56 nest boxes were occupied at least once by squirrel gliders, with presence detected 15 times out of 318 box visits. No squirrel gliders were found in boxes until ≥18 months after placement. Four of the boxes were occupied by five female gliders with young. In 16 woodland remnants (from <50 ha to >1,000 ha in extent), 56 nest boxes were erected in September–December 2003. Boxes were 40 cm high, 25 cm wide and 18 cm deep. They were installed ≥3 m above the ground. There were 2–6 boxes/site, with the number dependent on site size. Boxes were checked at six-month intervals from summer 2003 to summer 2006.

    (Summarised by: Nick Littlewood)

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