Nesting rafts and how to build them
Rafts are a useful way of providing island habitat in areas of deep or fluctuating water levels. They can improve breeding success by providing areas safe from flooding, disturbance or predation.
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Although rafts vary in character and design, some basic considerations apply to each.
This raft's design includes chick shelters, a re-entry ramp and an optional security fence.
A floating nest for rivers
This design is intended to overcome the problems posed by strong currents, which make it difficult for wildfowl to nest.
This design is becoming increasingly popular and has proved to be highly effective and weatherproof.
Simple log or telegraph pole rafts
Logs from nearby felling operations are often available free and can be used to provide the basis for simple rafts.
The two models were designed for the specific needs of a particular area, and they require a great deal of skills.