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 three buffer areas, along Pritchard Street, Wynnum North Road and Lucinda Drive.
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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2020 Nest Box Audit Report
Our most recent inspection was undertaken in early September 2020 and included the three sites at Pritchard Street, Wynnum North Road and Lucinda Drive. We have 49 nest boxes installed across these three sites.
At the Pritchard Street site, the amount of native animal activity was consistent with previous years (50%) – primarily inhabited by squirrel gliders, brush tailed possums and birds.
The Wynnum North Road site recorded a 70% usage rate for the nest boxes, which has decreased slightly from previous years. This is likely due to increased understory weed growth in the area which restricts fauna movement.
We recorded the first usage in the Lucinda Drive boxes this year, a brush tail possum.
There was evidence of feral European honeybees in 4 boxes in the Pritchard Street area. These boxes will be treated to remove the bees.
A number of boxes were reported to be in need of repair or replacement. This will take place in the short term.
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.