Whilst most people have been home in isolation during Covid-19, one special man from the Gumeracha Men's Shed has been very busy.
Glyne Smalldon has worked tirelessly to build 30 nest boxes as part of the Habitat Recovery Alliance’s Bushfire Recovery Project in the Adelaide Hills Community Centre..
His efforts will assist wildlife recovery on properties affected by the Cudlee Creek fires which destroyed over 21000 Ha of habitat.
Mr Smalldon said he enjoyed the process, especially knowing it would benefit others.
"It is great being active and helping others... I enjoy doing projects for other people," Mr Smalldon said
Community Mens Shed Co-ordinator, Gary Brock, is keen to involve the team now that restrictions have lifted and will be facilitating the building of many more, focusing on specific nest boxes for kookaburras, owls and nightjars as well as microbats.
“Now we have the specifications for each species, we will get the group busy. Everyone loves to feel like they are contributing to something so worthwhile, so if anyone is interested in helping, we meet every Tuesday & Thursday from 9-12, behind the Torrens Valley Community Centre in Gumeracha”. said Mr Brock.
HRA Project Co-ordinator, Kim Thompson, said having community members like the Gumeracha Mens Shed has been integral to the success of the project.
"Right from the beginning, we have been overwhelmed with volunteer support and thanks to these guys, these nest boxes can provide artificial habitat for wildlife reliant on hollows. Whilst we recognise, they are not a true substitute, they can make a difference to some species and with the devastation we have seen this summer, we’re keen to get them in our landscape before Spring," Kim Thompson said.
Find out more about Adelaide Hills Community Centres by calling 8389 1711 or by having a look at the Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/ahccommunitycentres/.
Photo above of Gary Brock and Glyne Smalldon, supplied by Habitat Recovery Alliance (HRA)