RE: Using wheelie bins as nesting boxes for large species

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Subject: RE: Using wheelie bins as nesting boxes for large species
From: Steve Read <>
Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2018 08:50:07 +0000

A recent paper from assorted Melbourne authors in the journal Forests and entitled “Chainsaw-carved cavities better mimic the thermal properties of natural tree hollows than nest boxes and log hollows” covers the points from Philip and Chris about the need to ensure that the internal environment of any provided hollow or object is suitable. The paper is available at or, and just for fun I have attached an image of the front cover.


The pdf of the full paper is not behind a fire-wall, for once.




From: Philip Veerman <>
Sent: Monday, 4 June 2018 9:41 AM
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Using wheelie bins as nesting boxes for large species


Could be, with some adaptation. The heat and humidity aspects, will be surely different between plastic and a natural log. This may be good or perhaps not. As well as the internal surface, to allow birds to climb out,




From: Mark Clayton Sent: Monday, 4 June, 2018 9:29 AM To:        Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Using wheelie bins as nesting boxes for large species


I think "poly pipe" as used by plumbers etc has been tried for a number of parrot species. How successful they have been I am not sure but if anything can "mimic" a tree hollow then it is worth giving them a go.



On 4/06/2018 9:24 AM, Martin Butterfield wrote:

An interesting article.  It would be useful to get some feedback on how it works.  If the species using the wheelie bins take them up there are all sizes of plastic bins that could tried for species requiring smaller hollows.


On 4 June 2018 at 09:14, Nick Payne <> wrote:





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