How to make a Possum Box
By Irene Darlington
The diagram below shows a simple design for a Possum nesting box.
- Marine ply is best as it weathers very well.
- Use electrical wire (copper
wire strands with green/yellow plastic sheathing) to attach the box to a tree.
This wire is excellent as it is durable and allows you to loosen the strand as
the tree grows, and thus avoid ringbarking.
Attach the box in a north-facing position, as high as an extension ladder
electrical wire through the holes at the rear of the box, wrap round the tree
trunk then right round the front of the box under the ‘step’ below the entry
should be in a group or ‘forest’ to provide a connecting corridor, and should
not be a lone tree or where trees are too far apart, forcing the possum to go
on the ground to get to the box tree.
possums like to use 2-3 places at a time, so some days your possum box may be
vacant, and then occupied soon after.