KMS was approached by the local branch of WIRES (Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service) to see if we would help them make possum boxes. The boxes are used to house rescued possums while in care, and during their eventual release.
Boxes are also used when re-housing problem possums.
WIRES need up to 15 boxes per month, and the Shed will be supplementing an existing volunteer who has been struggling to keep up with the demand.
WIRES cover the costs of materials and the Shed members provide their labour as a community service.
The boxes are based on a relatively standard design, with a few minor modifications suggested by WIRES volunteers, based on their experience. In particular, the circular entrance hole has been extended int an open 'U' shape. This avoids a problem when possum joeys ride on the mother's back and can be knocked off as sthe mother enters the box.
The photo below shows a rescued possum using a box while in care. This fellow is soon for release. The box he has been using in recovery will go with him when he is released. Photo provided.