Port of Brisbane land sustains many ecologically important features including bushland corridors that provide habitat and physical buffers for native species. In order to support these native species, PBPL has installed a number of nest boxes in two buffer areas, along Pritchard Street and Wynnum North Road.
These nest boxes now provide important habitat for many native birds and animals including squirrel gliders, bats, native bees, wood ducks, brush tail possums, and rainbow lorikeets. The boxes are inspected annually and cameras are used to take photos of the species inhabiting the nest boxes.
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2017 Nest Box Audit Report
During our latest inspection in 2017, we installed four new nest boxes and two owl boxes along Lucinda Drive at Fisherman Islands.
At the Pritchard Street site, the amount of native animal activity was consistent with previous years – primarily inhabited by squirrel gliders, brush tailed possums and microbats.
The Pritchard Street site showed a 72% usage rate for the nest boxes, which has increased from the 2016 usage rates.
The Wynnum North Road site recorded a 55% usage rate for the nest boxes, which has decreased from previous years.
No signs of feral animal activity were present at either of the nest box sites.
All general cargo and container ports, including the Port of Brisbane, can potentially provide entry points into Australia for invasive species. We have Biosecurity officers permanently at the Port, and cargo is randomly selected for inspection. Please watch this video that explains the importance of reporting invasive species.
In consultation with Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR – federal) and Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (state), we’ve developed a webpage to assist workers at the Port to identify and report potential pest incursions. The webpage has been designed to be compatible with smartphones and to have the functionality of an app.
If you would like to report an invasive species, click here to access the Invasive Species App or report it directly to DAWR’s See.Secure.Report hotline on 1800 798 636.