By Rebecca Peppiatt
MORE than 200 nesting boxes are currently being installed throughout fire ravaged Wooroloo to help local birds and small marsupials made homeless by the February bushfire.
Volunteers raised $10,500 through crowdfunding for the WildFire Nestbox Project and have now begun the process of putting the boxes on the trees throughout the fire-affected area that local wildlife would have used as breeding sites.
Parkerville ecologist Simon Cherriman said the impact of the fire on local flora and fauna was extensive.
“We documented over 300 trees that were completely lost that were in excess of 100 years old,” he said.
“There’s been no scientific measure of how much wildlife was lost in the fire.
“A lot would have survived as they can move away from the flames, but what doesn’t survive are their homes.”
With the help of students from Willeton Senior High School and both the Mundaring and Wundowie Men’s Sheds, 230 boxes have been made to be placed on trees throughout the fire-affected area.
Darling Range Wildlife Shelter and Gidgegannup business MBC Trees and Bobcat have been working with Mr Cherriman to get the boxes in place this week, ready for the breeding season.
“The plants and species are critical to how we survive,” Mr Cherriman said.
Mr Cherriman said he believed the installation of nesting boxes in fire-affected areas was a new concept to WA but he hoped it would be something that could be done again.
“I’d like there to be a greater understanding of the impact of these fires and what these eco-systems need to get back on their feet.
“I’d like to see the land managed so that fires like this don’t happen.”