A Ringtail Possum Nesting Box can offer a safe refuge for brushtail possums in urban and rural environments.
Two species of possums are typically found in urban environments
across Australia, the Common Brushtail and the Common Ringtail. The
Common Brushtail Possum is endangered across much of it former range, so
it is important that they are supported and protected, wherever they
are still found.
Common Ringtail Possums are obligate hollow users – in that every
day they require a safe refuge to retreat to, typically a natural hollow
(referred to as a “den”) or where hollows are lacking Ringtail Possum
Nesting Boxes. Significant alteration to many urban and rural
environments has meant that natural hollows are now rare.
A lack of natural hollows can bring Ringtail Possums into conflict
with its human neighbours, as they seek shelter in roofs or sheds.
Supplementing natural hollows with an artificial den or possum box will
increase available habitat and is likely to reduce potential conflict.
This Ringtail Possum Nesting Box provides an ideal alternative to a
natural hollow for Common Ringtail Possums, where such resources are
lacking. This Ringtail Possum Nesting Box comes in kit form to reduce
the cost, allow you greater involvement and potential satisfaction, in
completing the nesting box yourself.
The addition of Spacers (2) is highly recommended for a Ringtail possum nesting box, if it is to be affixed to a growing tree.
Ringtail Possum Nesting Box Installations
The Ringtail Possum Nesting Box range has been developed so they are easily installed.
You can either install the Ringtail Possum Nesting Box yourself
following the instructions below or have the box professionally
installed. A range of business such as pest controllers, gardening
companies or arboriculturist may be able to provide this service.
The equipment you will require to install a Ringtail Possum Nesting Box yourself includes:
Ladder (reaching to a minimum of 4m)
3/16 drill bit
3/8 hex-head driver and/or 3/8 socket and driver
Before installing the Ringtail Possum Nesting Box it is important to
determine an appropriate location for the Ringtail Possum Nesting Box
to be sited. A location protected from the hot north-westerly sun and
prevailing wet winds is preferable. Ringtail possums will not will
readily utilise a Ringtail Possum Nesting Box in an open location, they
prefer denser vegetative cover. Certain species will utilise hollows
at heights as low as two metres, however most hollow dependant fauna
would prefer a minimum of four metres, though six to eight metres is
likely to be even better.
Ringtail Possum Nesting Boxes oriented either north or north-west,
where it is heated by the afternoon sun, tend to be preferred and a
three metre clear flight path is required, below the Ringtail Possum
Nesting Box. Before heading up the tree, it is worth spraying the
inside roof of the Ringtail Possum Nesting Box with an insect repellent
(e.g. Nature Guard), as this may act as a deterrent to feral honey
bees, discouraging them from invading the new Ringtail Possum Nesting
Steps to Install a Ringtail Possum Nesting Box
Select a suitable site for the Ringtail Possum Nesting Box.
Ensure it is safe to use a ladder or other climbing apparatus to
reach the required height. As mentioned earlier, for most species a
height of 6-8m, above the ground is ideal. This enables the various
species to occupy the Ringtail Possum Nesting Box with little or no
interference, yet the Ringtail Possum Nesting Box can still be
maintained, as required.
Using the climbing apparatus/ladder, drill a 3/16 hole into the tree at the designated height.
Next screw in the 100mm Teks Screw, to about 1/2 its length, using
the 3/8 hex-head driver; then locate a PV Spacer over the screw. Tip: pre-dip the Teks Screw in an organic lubricating oil (e.g. Lanotec), before screwing it into a hardwood tree (e.g. Eucalypts).
Return to the ground and empty the wood chip provided or another
appropriate bedding medium, onto the bottom of the Ringtail Possum
Nesting Box, to a depth of about 25mm.
Take the Ringtail Possum Nesting Box back up the ladder - CAREFULLY
- and using the key-hole on the back of the Ringtail Possum Nesting
Box, hang the Ringtail Possum Nesting Box on the Tek Screw.
Place the 2nd PV Spacer between the back of the Ringtail Possum
Nesting Box and the tree, just above the base, to ensure the correct
positioning of the Ringtail Possum Nesting Box.
Take the drill with the 3/16 bit and make a slightly angled hole
into the tree, through the pre-drilled hole in the rebated, lower back
panel of the Ringtail Possum Nesting Box.
Take the 3/8 hex-head driver and screw the 2nd 100 mm Tek Screw into
the pre-drilled hole, on the lower back panel. Ensuring it firmly
secures the Ringtail Possum Nesting Box to the tree.
Remove the door securing pin; tighten up the top Teks Screw; flatten
the nesting material and then shut the door and replace the securing
CONGRATULATIONS!! Your Ringtail Possum Nesting Box has now been
securely attached to the tree. Now sit back and eagerly anticipate the
arrival of you new neighbours!
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