Last October the Inner West Council posted that they created three new habitat trees in Mackey Park Marrickville South. We walked the whole park, but unfortunately were only able to find two of the trees. The trees we found were between the shared path & the wetland area.
Habitat trees are trees that have caused a safety problem by dropping branches. Rather than removing the tree, the tree is killed by ringbarking. Then the branches are cut open & a cavity created with a chainsaw to create nest boxes & other kinds of hollows.
A large amount of Australian wildlife will not breed if they do not have access to a hollow, so retaining the structure of mature trees is vitally important. See – http://bit.ly/1ASqhzz
Council said they created five nesting boxes in these trees. Three for Red-rumped parrots, one for Gould’s wattled bats (microbats) & one for a Brushtail possum.
They also plan to mulch & landscape with local native plants under & around the trees in the near future. Good one Council.