While we'd love you to join the Gardens for Wildlife pilot program to help make your garden a haven for local wildlife- things have changed in the past few months. Please note our changes in processes during these uncertain and socially-restricted times.
Pre Covid 19, when when you join the program trained wildlife garden guides visit your garden to provide ideas based on your existing garden and what you hope to achieve. Afterwards, they would send you a short report including practical ideas on how to attract birds, insects, butterflies, lizards and other small wildlife to your garden.
You would also a members’ pack with information on how to create a garden for wildlife and a welcome pack of free local indigenous plants to help you on your wildlife gardening journey.
Because we have to be mindful of social distancing protocols and the safety of everyone involved in the program, including volunteers, gardeners and our supporters, we have had to temporarily suspend our activities.
To help maintain connections though, we have set up a Facebook Page where you can connect, share sights, sounds and stories that inspire, intrigue and raise your spirits. Join us and let's stay in touch!
You can also sign up to our mailing list to receive invitations to upcoming events (local and elsewhere) where you can learn more from experts and meet other enthusiastic wildlife gardeners.
You can also volunteer as a Wildlife Garden Guide - If you have interest and/or knowledge about wildlife gardening that you would like to share with others, consider becoming a volunteer Garden Guide. Training and support is provided. You can specify your interest in this when you register on our Expression of Interest form.
Please note that we have suspended volunteer training due to Covid 19. We will return when things are more normal.
HOW TO GET STARTED
With a few changes you can make your garden, balcony or patio a place that supports a wider range of species.
Think about the birds, butterflies and native animals you might attract and benefit when you buy or plant a cutting. Include native plants that are native to your area.
Plant in layers and groups (groundcover, low shrubs, medium shrubs and trees).
Try to include elements like water, ponds or mulch close to shelter or shrubs. Install a frog-friendly pond (also good for dragon flies).
Retain mature trees that are native to your area and protect tree hollows in old trees, or install nest boxes or a bee hotel.
Plant dense and/or prickly shrubs to help keep cats away from birds
Leave a patch of natural mulch for beetles and worms.
Nectar plants are great for honeyeaters- especially if they flower in winter.
Plant butterfly hosting plants such as daisies