Owlbnb is a network of skilled and passionate people who create vast amounts of habitat for Australia’s precious native species - everywhere its needed and where-ever its safe.
Providing nesting boxes for every backyard
Establishing habitat for beneficial species on farms, in orchards and across communities
Extensive back-filling of habitat in fire damaged natural landscapes
Owlbnb is constantly researching, innovating, designing, building and installing habitat – with a focus on all tree dwelling creatures great and small.
We design, build and install safe and relevant habitat for Australia’s tree dwelling wildlife.
Check-out our nesting and shelter boxes for every backyard.
We provide a range of services to farmers, landowners and communities to establish habitat and attract beneficial species to urban and agricultural environments.
We work with land managers and governments to replenish habitat across damaged natural landscapes.
Owlbnb Habitat Boxes are designed to replicate what an animal or bird would like to call home when a tree hollow is not available.
The Box is designed from their perspective and incorporates design features from current research to optimise the chance of it being a suitable place to shelter, nest and reproduce.
Nesting and shelter boxes for a huge range of species are available on request - and new products will be listed in the online store over the next few months.
All habitat boxes are:
Hand crafted with care from locally grown and pressed premium Australian Hoop Pine Araucaria cunninghamii ply.
The Hoop Pine plantations are certified under the Responsible Wood (RW) system meeting internationally recognised criteria for sustainable forest management covering economic, social, environmental and cultural perspectives with chain-of-custody under AS 4707:2014.
The RW accreditation system addresses all aspects of forest management including managing biological diversity, ecosystem health and vitality, soil and water quality and protecting indigenous cultural and spiritual values.
Fixtures and fittings are high quality galvanised steel or marine grade stainless steel and all finishings are non-toxic super low VOC.
Everything that we do aims to positively enhance biodiversity and the environment that we all share.
The roost is a hunting perch for owls, hawks, falcons, eagles, kestrels, and other birds-of-prey also known as raptors.
We've designed one for Owls to hunt in Orchards and on Farms to assist in controlling rats and mice which damage food crops.
It provides a tactical viewing platform that increases the birds ability to spot and capture the rats and mice.
Perches also help sustain and build raptor species populations by mitigating disturbance to the raptor’s natural habitats.
• Shipped as a kit, roosting bars, mounting blocks (attached), hardware.
• Easy mounting using simple U-bolts, nuts and full-width washers
• Made from recycled steel and hardwood.
• Height-adjustable Roosting Bars are tapered for orientation.
The Owlbnb Hunting Roost is designed so that it may be mounted on a fence post or metal pole (recommended). Recommended best is to use a seven metre galvanized schedule 40 thickness steel pole (star-picket / dropper), hardware is included.
As with all Owlbnb products, the Owl Hunting Roost is made in Mullumbimby, NSW from locally sourced and recycled materials.
Many of Australia’s native species need tree hollows to shelter or to reproduce including 17% of bird species, 42% of mammals, 28% of reptiles and thousands of insect species. (Gibbons and Lindemeyer 1997).
These include owls, microbats, bees, possums, gliders, parrots, antechinus, ducks, rosellas and kingfishers as well as many species of snakes, frogs and skinks.
A range of hollow shapes, sizes, depths and height from on the ground to high in the tree-tops is necessary for biodiversity.
Hollows in fallen trees are equally important for species such as echidna, quoll, bandicoot and many lizards and reptiles.
The destruction of dead and living hollow-bearing trees results in the displacement and decline of all wildlife who depend on them for survival.
The types of hollows needed by our wildlife are generally found in mature and dead trees. For some animals, small openings the size of keyhole are needed but others need much larger holes to enter their home.
Young trees rarely contain hollows suitable for wildlife. As trees age they are battered by the weather and attacked by insects which can start the process of creating a hollow.
Animals and birds prefer hollows with specific criteria and will search huge territories for one with the right entrance size and shape, depth and degree of insulation, acoustics, ability to defend from predators, amount of sunlight, warmth and drainage. These factors will generally dictate which species uses which hollows and and for how long or how often throughout the seasons.
Small hollows with narrow entrances suitable for small animals such as the Brush-tailed phascogale and the eastern pygmy-possum take about 100 years to form.
Hollows of a medium size and suitable for animals such as parrots will take around 200 years to for, and the larger and deeper hollows occupied by glossy black cockatoos and other larger animals such as masked owls can take even longer (Mackowski 1984; Menkorst 1984; and Scotts 1991)
Owlbnb works with arborists, tree maintenance firms and firewood businesses to rescue and recover hollows when trees are felled. We then adapt them for specific species and install them back up in trees or suitable positions on the ground.
Concrete pipes from roadworks or drainage projects also make great microbat caves.
Owlbnb is working to establish safe and relevant habitat for Owls across both urban and agricultural environments to assist in rat control and to ultimately remove toxic pesticides from food production, and from where people are living.
We are currently rolling out a program with macadamia farmers and organically certified food producers where rats are damaging crops and reducing yields by as much as 55%.
The next stage of the project is to expand across all farms and orchards producing our food, and to target urban environments were rats are damaging infrastructure, invading human habitat and damaging the electrical wiring (which now contains the tasty ingredient soy) in farm machinery and vehicles.
We've been conducting trials to determine how our native habitat building knowledge could be applied in a practical way in agricultural and urban environments and provide win-win benefits for farmers and consumers...owls and communities.
We would welcome the opportunity to work with you and integrate this biological pest control to safeguard our food supply, reduce the reliance on toxic pesticides and to establish a safe place for owls to live, hunt and reproduce.
To provide an environmentally friendly approach for controlling rodents, significantly reducing crop loss with minimal use of chemicals and boosting habitat for our native species, and biodiversity in food production.
Every year tonnes of food is lost to rodents and huge amounts of increasingly more toxic pesticides are being used to try and control them.
Rats and mice damage plants at the root, shoot and leaf level, can destroy the food crops, and can also attract other pests while siphoning off irrigation water for their own consumption and into tunnels.
One study indicated that “rodent damage remains significant despite the use of toxic pest control methods. Many valuable crops were damaged heavily and the economic impact was large.” (Karen Gebhardt et al). Department of Economics, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523, USA)
The results of another study indicate that damages from rodents remains high for many crops and are likely to be economically significant across Australia.
Rodent Control - Nature’s Way. Due to increasing rodent populations and a need to reduce chemical use in the field, the use of barn owls in food production is rapidly increasing.
The Barn Owl is one of the most efficient hunters on wings. A family of barn owls will consume up to 3,000 rodents in one year (a single adult owl will consume up to 1,000 rats in a year). The owls can be more effective than poison for rodent control.
If you are a farmer and experiencing crop damage from rats or mice please make contact and we can discuss how your property can be part of a research trial.
We'll work with you on a biological rodent control solution and :
Conduct a habitat and Owl survey of your property and surrounding region.
Conduct a safety check to minimise any dangers to the Owls.
Install Owl nesting Boxes, and Hunting Roosts.
Conduct Owl calls to determine what birds are nearby and encourage them to check-out the habitat.
Monitor the habitat over the research trial period.
Collect data and share information.
If you have microbats where you live then we are keen to talk to you about a range of microbat research initiatives to better understand these extrordinary Australian species.