Children decorate nest boxes in Harrington Forest restoration

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Local children have played their part in restoring Harrington Forest’s Cumberland Plain Woodland after decorating 10 nest boxes to be installed at the site.

The children from a variety of local childcare centres and primary schools decorated the nest boxes which are to be installed in Harrington Forest for native bird and mammals to use.

Mayor of Camden, Cr Theresa Fedeli, said involving local children was a way to educate them about the importance of tree hollows and how nest boxes can help our native wildlife by providing them with a safe home.

“We are very lucky to be living amongst many fantastic environmental hotspots in the Camden area and it is important to protect and enhance them,” Cr Fedeli said.

“Council has been able to remove weeds to help regenerate native vegetation in the area which is important in keeping the area in good stead for future generations to enjoy.

“Our local children have done a remarkable job in decorating the nest boxes and I look forward to seeing them watch native wildlife enjoy their nest boxes.

Council successfully secured funding of $20,000 from the Australian Government’s Communities Environment Program 2019/2020 last year, to restore the forest through woody weed removal.

A Nest Box Trail Map will be created which residents can download and enjoy a bushwalk within Harrington Forest to find all 10 decorated nest boxes and become citizen scientists by observing any animals that move into the nest boxes.

The Nest Box Trail Map will be available on Council’s website in early June.

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