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As part of our on-going partnership with Parks Victoria, DEPI and Dr. Dan Harley “Project Possum” aimed to provide an additional 200 nest boxes for Leadbeater’s Possum in the wild to supplement their declining forest habitat.

Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum Inc offered an opportunity for our supporters to contribute to this program by “adopting” a nest box. The adoption of a nest box allowed one to be custom made, installed by our field volunteers and monitored annually to assess use by LBP colonies.

As of May 2013 Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum (FLBP), with the help of Parks Victoria, had assisted with the adoption of 200 Leadbeater’s Possum (LBP) nest boxes with 102 installed in LBP habitat and regularly monitored. Further assistance for installation and monitoring from 2013 – 2015 is provided through DEPI’s Communities for Nature Grant funding.

The nest box installation program consisted of 100 locations with 2 adopted nest boxes to be located at each of these sites. LBP colonies will use up to 3 or more nesting locations within their habitat range which they readily move between. The adopted nest box project aims to fill 2 of these nesting locations for each colony.

The projects intention is to initially locate 100 nest boxes, adopted boxes 1 to 100, in the habitat / territory of a LBP colony. This may be a matter of trial and error, moving boxes around in areas of known LBP habitat until we successfully identify use by LBP’s. Once the nest boxes show evidence of LBP presence then an additional nest box will be placed in a suitable location within this LBP colonies territory. Hence the adopted nest boxes 101 to 200 will be used to round out the second nest boxes in each colonies territory.

The future of the “Adopt a Nest Box” project is to continue to raise funds through grants and donations to ensure that a Project Possum Co-ordinator can be contracted to continue to ensure project longetivity. FLBP currently have nest box adoptions on hold whilst the initial 200 adopted nest boxes are installed, monitored and moved as necessary to ensure that they house a LBP or colony.

As “Project Possum” is dealing with wild populations of LBP’s we cannot define how long this process will take. It is likely to be at minimum a couple of years of trial and error until we can ensure the original 200 adopted LBP nest boxes are in the most viable locations and most importantly being used by LBP’s.

Project Possum is targeting 2 different forest types where LBP are known to occur:
•  Primarily Montane Ash Forest (i.e. Cambarville, Toolangi forest type)
•  Secondarily  Sub-alpine Woodland (i.e. Lake Mountain, Mount Bullfight forest type)

Nest boxes located in the Sup-alpine Woodland tend to have a high uptake by LBP’s. The nest boxes located in Montane Ash Forest many of which have been funded through the Adopt a Nest Boxes appeal have had a more limited uptake.

Much work has now been undertaken on refining our site selection to increase LBP uptake in Montane Ash Forests. This includes detailed habitat surveys and ranking of key habitat features at selected sites to ensure the greatest chance of uptake. Any boxes that haven’t shown LBP presence during our monitoring will be re-assessed, with our new knowledge relating to site ranking and may be moved to a new location with a higher site ranking. There are currently still 22 LBP nest boxes that require moving. LBP’s are quite fussy about their habitat requirements!

The long term concept of “Project Possum” is to promote the adoption of 300 nest boxes. It is proposed adoption of nest boxes will remain on hold once 200 nest boxes have been adopted. This will enable us time to get all 200 nest boxes installed and a monitoring program underway. FLBP will continue to take details of interested adoptees for the further 100 nest boxes. FLBP will contact the relevant interested adoptees once the project resumes to finalise the adoption process.

Nest box owners can participate with fieldwork and observe their box with current membership.

View schools involved in adopting nest boxes through the FLBP education program…

Overview map of Project Possum

Map is currently being updated new June 2014 map coming soon.

website certificate
Adopt a Nest Box Certificate
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Presence of nesting material in nestbox, evidence of LBPs.
adopted nest box map
Adopted and fire recovery nest boxes

Adopted nest box results:

Adopted Box NumberLocationOccupiedInstalled DateLast Monitored DateNext Monitor Date
1Acheron Group – Donna Buang August 2008November 2011Pre November 2013
2Acheron Group – Donna Buang August 2008November 2011Pre November 2013
3Acheron Group – Donna Buang2 LBP’s PresentAugust 2008November 2011Pre November 2013
4Acheron Group – Donna Buang August 2008November 2011Pre November 2013
5Acheron Group – Donna Buang August 2008November 2011Pre November 2013
6Acheron Group – Donna Buang August 2008November 2011Pre November 2013
7Acheron Group – Donna Buang August 2008November 2011Pre November 2013
8Acheron Group – Donna Buang August 2008November 2011Pre November 2013
9Acheron Group – Donna BuangNesting material presentAugust 2008November 2011Pre November 2013
10Acheron Group – Donna BuangFull nest presentAugust 2008November 2011Pre November 2013
11Acheron Group – Donna Buang August 2008November 2011Pre November 2013
12Acheron Group – Donna Buang August 2008November 2011Pre November 2013
13Acheron Group – Donna Buang August 2008November 2011Pre November 2013
14Acheron Group – Ben Cairn August 2008November 2011Pre November 2013
15Acheron Group – Ben Cairn August 2008November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
16Acheron Group – Ben Cairn August 2008November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
17Acheron Group – Ben CairnNesting Material Present with small nest chamberAugust 2008November 2011Pre November 2013
18Acheron Group – Ben CairnNesting Material PresentAugust 2008November 2011Pre November 2013
19Acheron Group – Ben CairnNesting material presentAugust 2008November 2011Pre November 2013
20Acheron Group – Ben Cairn August 2008November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
21Acheron Group – Ben Cairn August 2008November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
22Acheron Group – Ben Cairn August 2008November 2011Pre November 2013
23Acheron Group – Ben Cairn August 2008November 2011Pre November 2013
24Acheron Group – Ben Cairn August 2008November 2011Pre November 2013
25Acheron Group – Ben Cairn August 2008November 2011Pre November 2013
26Acheron Group – Ben Cairn August 2008November 2011Pre November 2013
27Acheron Group – Ben Cairn August 2008November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
28Powelltown Group – Yarra Junction Noojee August 2008November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
29Powelltown Group – Yarra Junction NoojeeNesting Material PresentAugust 2008November 2011Pre November 2013
30Powelltown Group – Yarra Junction Noojee August 2008November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
31Powelltown Group – Yarra Junction NoojeeNesting Material PresentAugust 2008November 2011Pre November 2013
32Powelltown Group – Yarra Junction Noojee August 2008November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
33Powelltown Group – Yarra Junction Noojee August 2008November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
34Powelltown Group – Yarra Junction Noojee August 2008November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
35Powelltown Group – Yarra Junction Noojee August 2008November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
36Powelltown Group – Yarra Junction Noojee August 2008November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
37Powelltown Group – Yarra Junction Noojee August 2008November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
38Powelltown Group – Yarra Junction Noojee August 2008November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
39Powelltown Group – Yarra Junction Noojee August 2008November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
40Powelltown Group – Yarra Junction Noojee August 2008November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
41Powelltown Group – Yarra Junction Noojee August 2008November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
42Powelltown Group – Yarra Junction Noojee August 2008November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
43Acheron Group – Maroondah Catchment April 2009November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
44Acheron Group – Maroondah Catchment April 2009November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
45Acheron Group – Maroondah Catchment April 2009November 2011Pre November 2013
46Acheron Group – Maroondah Catchment April 2009November 2011Pre November 2013
47Acheron Group – Maroondah Catchment April 2009November 2011Pre November 2013
48Acheron Group – Maroondah Catchment April 2009November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
49Acheron Group – Maroondah Catchment April 2009November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
50Acheron Group – Maroondah Catchment April 2009November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
51Acheron Group – Maroondah Catchment April 2009November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
52Acheron Group – Maroondah Catchment April 2009November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
53Acheron Group – Maroondah Catchment April 2009November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
54Acheron Group – Maroondah Catchment April 2009November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
55Acheron Group – Maroondah Catchment April 2009November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
56Acheron Group – Maroondah Catchment April 2009November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
57Acheron Group – Maroondah Catchment April 2009November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
58Acheron Group – Maroondah Catchment April 2009November 2011Pre November 2013
59Acheron Group – Maroondah Catchment April 2009November 2011Pre November 2013
60Acheron Group – Maroondah Catchment April 2009November 2011Pre November 2013
61Acheron Group – Maroondah Catchment April 2009November 2011Pre November 2013
62Acheron Group – Maroondah Catchment April 2009November 2011Pre November 2013
63Acheron Group – Maroondah Catchment April 2009November 2011Pre November 2013
64Acheron Group – Maroondah Catchment April 2009November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
65Acheron Group – Maroondah Catchment April 2009November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
66Powelltown Group – Downey SpurFull nest presentOctober 2009November 2011Pre November 2013
67Powelltown Group – Downey SpurFull nest presentOctober 2009November 2011Pre November 2013
68Powelltown Group – Downey SpurFull nest presentOctober 2009November 2011Pre November 2013
69Powelltown Group – Downey Spur October 2009November 2011Pre November 2013
70Powelltown Group – Downey Spur October 2009November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
71Powelltown Group – Downey SpurLBP’s PresentOctober 2009November 2011Pre November 2013
72Powelltown Group – Downey Spur October 2009November 2011Pre November 2013
73Powelltown Group – Downey Spur October 2009November 2011Pre November 2013
74Powelltown Group – Downey Spur October 2009November 2011Pre November 2013
75Acheron Group – O’Shannassy Catchment May 2010November 2011Pre November 2013
76Acheron Group – O’Shannassy Catchment May 2010November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
77Acheron Group – O’Shannassy Catchment May 2010November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
78Acheron Group – O’Shannassy Catchment May 2010November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
79Acheron Group – O’Shannassy Catchment May 2010November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
80Acheron Group – O’Shannassy Catchment May 2010November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
81Acheron Group – O’Shannassy Catchment May 2010November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
82Acheron Group – O’Shannassy Catchment May 2010November 2011Pre November 2013
83Acheron Group – O’Shannassy Catchment May 2010November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
84Acheron Group – O’Shannassy Catchment May 2010November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
85Acheron Group – O’Shannassy Catchment May 2010November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
86Acheron Group – O’Shannassy Catchment May 2010November 2011Pre November 2013
87Acheron Group – O’Shannassy Catchment May 2010November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
88Acheron Group – O’Shannassy Catchment May 2010November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
89Acheron Group – O’Shannassy Catchment May 2010November 2011Pre November 2013
90Acheron Group – O’Shannassy Catchment May 2010November 2011Pre November 2013
91Acheron Group – O’Shannassy Catchment May 2010November 2011Pre November 2013
92Acheron Group – O’Shannassy Catchment May 2010November 2011Pre November 2013
93Acheron Group – O’Shannassy Catchment May 2010November 2011Pre November 2013
94Acheron Group – O’Shannassy Catchment May 2010November 2011Requires translocation – Pre November 2013
95Acheron Group – O’Shannassy Catchment May 2010November 2011Pre November 2013
96Acheron Group – O’Shannassy Catchment May 2010November 2011Pre November 2013
97Acheron Group – O’Shannassy Catchment May 2010November 2011Pre November 2013
98Acheron Group – O’Shannassy Catchment May 2010November 2011Pre November 2013
99Acheron Group – O’Shannassy Catchment May 2010November 2011Pre November 2013
100Powelltown Group – Dowey SpurFull nest presentNovember 2010November 2011Pre November 2013
101Acheron Group – Donna Buang November 2010November 2011Pre November 2013
102Acheron Group – Donna BuangFull nest presentNovember 2010November 2011Pre November 2013