Greater Glider recovery project

Thanks to funding provided by Landcare Australia the Upper Goulburn Landcare Network has been able to provide alternative nesting sites for the Greater Gliders living along the Number Two and Number One Creeks at Kinglake.

Kinglake Rover Sam helping to install the nest boxes.



The Greater Glider Petauroides volans

Twelve specially built nest boxes were purchased from Latrobe Wildlife Sanctuary and installed in the creek reserves amongst the tall Mountain Ash forest.

Greater Glider habitat along the Number Two Creek.

These areas were burnt in the 2009 fires, and while they are regenerating very well many of the large old habitat trees containing hollows that the Greater Gliders used were destroyed.
During spotlighting as part of a fauna survey along the Number Two Creek in November 2011 members of the Kinglake Landcare Group were lucky to observe a Greater Glider gliding from tree to tree. Since then more have also been observed at the nearby Kinglake East Flora Reserve.

Kinglake Rover Karly with two of the nest boxes.

The project has been well assisted by Rover Scouts from the Kinglake Scouts Junior Landcare Group who helped with the installation of the boxes.

Chris Cobern

6 Comments

  1. Bert on March 26, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Hi Chris, I’m very interested in finding out in what circumstances Greater Gliders use nest-boxes and what preferences they have for size, placement etc. I’ll be watching with interests to see how yours go. Do you know of any studies along these lines? Bert.

  2. Chris Cobern on March 27, 2013 at 5:47 am

    Hi Bert,

    Thanks for your comment. We installed our boxes on the SE side of the trees and 6m high (6-8m is recommended)6m is the limit of our nest box inspection camera. I haven’t heard of any local studies but the QLD Glider Network is doing lots of good things:
    https://wildlife.org.au/queensland-glider-network/
    Regards, Chris Cobern.

  3. Ted Fensom on May 18, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Is it possible to get a copy of the design and fastening devices
    please to install at Karawatha and Parkinson

    • Chris Cobern on May 19, 2017 at 6:49 am

      Hi Ted.
      The nest boxes were built at the Latrobe University Wildlife Sanctuary.

      http://www.latrobe.edu.au/wildlife/retail-shop/nestboxes

      If you contact them they should be able to give you the specifications.
      We used 85mm galvanized teck screws to attach them to the trees.

  4. Lisette Tatnell on March 5, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    Hi there, It has been a few years since you installed the boxes for the GGs. How are they going and did anyone move in?

    • Chris Cobern on March 17, 2020 at 7:12 am

      We’ve only found ringtail and brush-tailed possums using them so far.
      Spotlighting in the area has shown that greater gliders are still around though which is good news.
      The Queensland Glider Network has had some success with nest boxes recently:
      https://wildlife.org.au/queensland-glider-network/

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