Birds, bats and possums oh my! Wildlife at the Reflections Holiday Park atKillalea Reserve has been given a helping hand with students from KoonawarraPublic School donating 21 bird and wildlife boxes and six watering systems tothe park last week.

As part of a Bushfire Impact Project, students from Classes 4/5 Grey and 3/4Red built the boxes and water stations to provide protected spaces and watersources for impacted or displaced wildlife as a result of last year’sbushfires. Bunnings, Kembla Grange donated all the materials for the projectand worked with the students in class to assemble everything.

Killalea Reserve Acting Park Manager Luke Daniels thanked the students fortheir valuable efforts to ensure the native wildlife at Killalea has extraoptions to roost and nest safely and access to alternative water sources whenneeded.

“We are hoping to get the boxes installed throughout the Reserve in the nextfew weeks and will be monitoring their usage,” Mr Daniels said.

“We get a lot more birds nesting in the area around this time of year and wehope these boxes will attract more Rainbow Lorikeets and King Parrots to thepark and provide safer nesting options.

“The water stations will also be useful around the office and gardens wherebirds flock to find water.”

Koonawarra Public School teacher, Kye Foster said It was fantastic to have thesupport of their local Bunnings at Kembla Grange, which gave students theopportunity for some hands-on learning with real world context.

“This led to incredibly engaged learning experiences and supported thestudents in developing an understanding and appreciation of the power theyhave to impact Country,” Mr Foster said.

“We also made boxes and water stations for other fire-impacted areas,including Nerriga, a small town 80km west of Nowra, which experienced out-of-control fires.

“The fires burnt around 60 per cent of the land in the area and our studentsare so happy to have been a part of providing birds and wildlife with a freshstart.

“Students learned how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people used, andcontinue to use, fire to shape the lands and saw this project as a way to giveback and help shape the lands in a similar way.”

Image: Koonawarra Public School students show off their wildlife boxes andwater stations donated to Reflections Killalea Reserve

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