Re: relocating hollow-bearing trees

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Subject: Re: relocating hollow-bearing trees
From: "Jon and Fiona Hall" <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2001 17:09:12 +1100
It's a lovely story and I don't want to detract from it.  Certainly an old
tree is more aesthetically pleasing to the human eye but it seems a fairly
expensive way of providing nesting hollows - $3000 would buy a lot of nest
boxes.  Is anyone aware of any evidence that animals prefer the real thing?


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From: Carl Corden <>
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Date: 11 July 2001 18:02
Subject: Re: relocating hollow-bearing trees

>I have to say I found this example to be quite inspiring.  We use the term
"hero" to describe professional sports women and men who earn a fortune for
doing what they do, yet people who invest time, money and effort to restore
what others have damaged or destroyed receive little or no recognition or
>Sometimes I wonder where our priorities are...
>> wrote:
>>G'day Chris and others,
>>In response to a request for information regarding the use of relocated
>>hollow-bearing trees.  A good friend of mine, John Robinson, who lives in
>>Strathfieldsaye south of Bendigo, has put a great deal of effort into
>>a dead tree on his 'Land for Wildlife' grassy woodland property.  The tree
>>blown-over in a wind storm several years ago and fell over the creek
>>alongside his property.  The tree was of no real habitat value where it
fell so
>>being slightly eccentric, John decided he would convert the fallen tree
into an
>>apartment block for local hollow-dependant fauna, raising a few of his
>>neighbours eye-brows in the process!  At his own personal expense, he
hired in
>>some excavating equipment to dig a deep hole, hired a crane for half a day
>>remove the tree from the creek and place it in the hole, then ordered a
truck of
>>pre-mix to cement the thing in (that process totalled close to $3000).
>>erecting the tree, he used silicone and pieces of natural timber to alter
>>diameter of many of the natural hollow openings to specifically target
>>species.  He also created new hollows using a chainsaw and a chisel.
>>Since completing the project, John has observed the following species
>>nesting or sheltering in different hollows in the 'habitat' tree:
>>Sacred Kingfisher
>>Musk Lorikeet
>>Purple-crowned Lorikeet
>>Eastern Rosella
>>Red-rumped Parrot
>>Cockatiel (rare breeding record for Bendigo district)
>>Laughing Kookaburra
>>Striated Pardalote
>>Sugar Glider
>>Yellow-footed Antechinus
>>Lesser Long-eared Bat
>>White-striped Freetail-bat
>>Little Freetail-bat
>>This is a very interesting and encouraging tale of what can be achieved to
>>successfully provide habitat for hollow-dependant fauna by relocating
>>hollow-bearing trees.  However, I don't think there is any substitute for
>>retaining hollow-bearing trees where they occur naturally, and I think it
>>be a dangerous practise to recommend otherwise.
>>Chris Tzaros
>>Land for Wildlife Extension Officer
>>Department of Natural Resources & Environment
>>Box 3100
>>Bendigo Delivery Centre 3554
>>Ph. (03) 5430 4368
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