Scouts and school students alike recently joined the Ringwood level crossing removal team to learn about the environment and the importance of ecology.
During a visit to Ringwood Secondary College, 20 nesting boxes were placed in trees on the school grounds, with an ecologist explaining to students the helpful role boxes play in providing local animals protection from predators and a safe environment to raise their offspring.
Providing habitats in urban areas is important as there is often a shortage of hollow-bearing trees, which many species, including native birds and mammals, rely on for breeding, nesting and roosting.
The nest boxes will benefit local animals during construction and for future generations, including bushtail possums, ringtail possums, rosellas, lorikeets, kookaburras and microbats.
Our project team also recently visited the Bayswater Joeys, a local scout group, to donate seeds harvested during works to build a new substation in the area.
These seeds have come full circle, collected from vegetation planted by the Joeys 26 years ago.
During the visit, our team’s environmental advisor spoke to the group about flora’s vital role in providing homes and food for local fauna.
As part of their community projects, the scouts will replant the seeds, harvested from native species such as the messmate eucalyptus obliqua, prickly moses acacia and broad leaf hakea dactyloides.