Students and Shire work towards conservation

Pictured: Shire of Mundaring Councillor Patrick Bertola (left) and Mundaring Christian College Principal Rod
McNeil (right) with Mundaring Christian College primary students.

Mundaring Christian College primary school children have been learning about the importance of protecting endangered native species through participation in a trial project with Shire of Mundaring.

The project involved students making several nesting boxes to be installed in bushland at the Mundaring Arena precinct after natural habitat was cleared for construction.

The Shire's supervisor of environment and horticulture David O'Brien said native fauna was safely relocated and an environmental report prepared before the site was cleared. The report identified bushland where nesting boxes would likely encourage some of the area's endangered species back to their natural habitat.

"Mundaring Men's Shed made six nesting boxes; two each for owls, possums and pardalote, using materials from local business Makit Hardware," Mr O'Brien said.

"These were provided to the students in flat pack form, which gave the older kids the opportunity to assemble them and allowed the younger students to paint and camouflage the nests.

"All the while the children were learning about the different species they were building the nests for."

The nesting boxes were presented to Shire of Mundaring Deputy President Patrick Bertola at a school assembly on 31 July.

"With the advice from a local expert biologist, Simon Cherriman, and your work, we now have habitat boxes ready for possums and for owls," Cr Bertola said in his address.

"You're to be congratulated for your working with the men from the men's shed and the officers at the Shire. Not only have you made the shire a better place for the animals, but you have also added to the bonds that tie us together as a community," Cr Bertola added.

Orthinologist Simon Cherriman installed the nesting boxes in Shire bushland on Saturday 5 August. The boxes will be monitored annually by the Shire's environmental officers, local friends groups and volunteers.

Right: Simon Cherriman installs a nesting box.


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