As part of the environmental offset requirements of constructing a haul road between collieries, this client needed to install nest boxes to offset habitat loss caused during the construction process. The effectiveness and cost-efficiency of nest boxes as a management tool; however, remained uncertain.
Through bi-annual monitoring events and constant data collation, Kleinfelder identified important trends in animal usage between nest boxes and their aspects. The outcome of this research reduced costs for our client, while increasing the scientific knowledge of nest boxes as a management tool. In September 2012, Kleinfelder presented the initial findings of the research project at the Australian Mammal Society Conference in front of more than 100 key individuals throughout Australia’s environmental industry.