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Nesting Box Installations

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The fauNature® nesting box range has been developed so they are easily installed.

You can either install the box(s) yourself following the instructions below or have the box professionally installed.  fauNature® offers an installation service, when required; however for those outside our local area, a range of other business such as pest controllers, gardening companies or arboriculturist may also be able to provide this service.

The equipment you will require to install a fauNature® nesting box(s) yourself includes:

  1. Ladder (reaching to a minimum of 4m)
  2. Cordless drill
  3. 3/16 drill bit
  4. 3/8 hex-head driver and/or 3/8 socket and driver

    Before installing the nest box it is important to determine an appropriate location for the box to be sited.  For most mammals (excluding bats) and birds a location protected from the hot north-westerly sun and prevailing wet winds is preferable.   Birds will readily utilise a nesting box in an open location, whilest possums prefer denser vegetative cover.  Certain species will utilise hollows at heights as low as two metres, however most hollow dependant fauna would prefer a minimum of four metres, though six to eight metres is likely to be even better.

    Micro-bats will use a range of roosting sites over the course of the year, with males using a greater number of roost sites than females.  Roosting boxes oriented either north or north-west, where it is heated by the afternoon sun, tend to be preferred and a three metre clear flight path is required, below the box.

    Before heading up the tree, it is worth spraying the inside roof of the nesting box with an insect repellent (e.g. Nature Guard), as this may act as a deterrent to feral honey bees, discouraging them from invading the new box.

    Steps to install a Nesting Box*

    1. Select a suitable site for the nesting box.
    2. Ensure it is safe to use a ladder or other climbing apparatus to reach the required height.  As mentioned earlier, for most species a height of 6-8m, above the ground ,is ideal.  This enables the various species to occupy the nesting box with little or no interference, yet the box can still be maintained, as required.pv_spacer_on_bolt
    3. Using the climbing apparatus/ladder, drill a 3/16 hole into the tree at the designated height.
    4. Next screw in the 100mm Teks Screw, to about 1/2 its length, using the 3/8 hex-head driver; then locate a PV Spacer over the screw.  Tip: pre-dip the Teks Screw in an organic lubricating oil (e.g. Lanotec), before screwing it into a hardwood tree (e.g. Eucalypts).
    5. Return to the ground and empty the wood chip provided or another appropriate bedding medium, onto the bottom of the box, to a depth of about 25mm. nesting_material_on_base_of_nest_box
    6. Take the nesting box back up the ladder - CAREFULLY - and using the key-hole on the back of the box, hang the nesting box on the Tek Screw. 
    7. Micro-bat roosting boxes lack the keyhole on the back of the box, but are small and light enough to be handled in a similar manner (they also lack nesting material).
    8. Place the 2nd PV Spacer between the back of the nesting box and the tree, just above the base, to ensure the correct positioning of the nesting box. 
    9. Take the drill with the 3/16 bit and make a slightly angled hole into the tree, through the pre-drilled hole in the rebated, lower back panel of the nesting box.
    10. Take the 3/8 hex-head driver and screw the 2nd 100 mm Tek Screw into the pre-drilled hole, on the lower back panel.  Ensuring it firmly secures the nesting box to the tree.
    11. Remove the door securing pin; tighten up the top Teks Screw; flatten the nesting material and then shut the door and replace the securing pin.

    CONGRATULATIONS!!  Your fauNature® nesting box has now been securely attached to the tree.  Now sit back and eagerly anticipate the arrival of you new neighbours!

    * Reasonable care to protect your own health and safety and that of any other person – must be taken when you are working at heights.  This includes an understanding how to safely operate the equipment (e.g. ladders and cordless drills) you are likely to be using during the installation or servicing process.

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