Did you know the Sunshine Coast is home to over 700 different native animals? Urban development has created a new type of ‘wild’ habitat for many of our native animals. Creating a wildlife friendly garden in your backyard is an easy and rewarding way to attract fauna to a place of safety and plentiful food sources.
You can design your garden to specifically attract butterflies, birds, insects, amphibians, reptiles, possums and other larger Australian native animals. Establishing a wildlife garden is even good for your health as research has shown that living close to nature improves overall wellbeing.
13 ways to get involved
- Get tips for creating a wildlife friendly garden with Sunshine Coast Council
- Plant local species for native fauna
- Learn how to feed native wildlife responsibly
- Build a frog bog and download the FrogID app to identify backyard visitors
- Set up a Pollinator garden in your backyard space
- Build a bug hotel for your garden with this Garden Guru’s video
- Own a larger parcel of land? Consider becoming a member of Land For Wildlife
- Join the Birdlife Australia’s birdata program
- Ditch the chemical pesticides and try these natural pest control method
- Bookmark this useful list of Wildlife rescue and care groups
- Join Facebook groups such as Native Bee Rescue & Education Sunshine Coast or Native BEES Sunshine Coast to learn beekeeping and habitat tips
- Subscribe to Bush hands eNews for volunteering opportunities, upcoming events and land management advice
- Visit one of the many Community Native Nurseries in the region to purchase native plants, get expert advice or to volunteer.
Browse for inspiration with these eMagazines
- Gardening Australia
- Sustainable and Water Wise Gardens
- Mother Earth News
- Garden Answers
- Backyard and Outdoor Living
To get started using free eMagazines download the Libby app, select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your library membership number and password.
Libraries love these eBooks:
- The Wildlife Gardener by Kate Bradbury
- Feeding the Birds at your Table: A Guide for Australia by Darryl Jones
- Building Beehives for Dummies by Howard Blackiston
- Planting for Butterflies: The Grower’s Guide to Creating a Flutter by Jane Moore
- The Birds at my Table: Why we Feed Wild Birds and Why It Matters by Darryl Jones
To get started download the cloudLibrary and Libby apps. Select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.
Libraries love these nature-themed eMovies:
- Gardening With Soul: feature length documentary following a year in the garden with 90-year-old Sister Loyola Galvin
- Fools & Dreamers: Regenerating a Native Forest
- Honeyland: an epic, visually stunning portrait of the delicate balance between nature and humanity that has something sweet for everyone
First time customer, select Add Library Card and enter your member number and password. Create a Beamafilm account, then verify your email address.
More library resources
- Wildlife photography: get tips for capturing and editing photos of your backyard visitors with LinkedIn Learning. To get started, log in with your library membership number and password. Search “wildlife photography”.
- Learn more about these common backyard visitors: bandicoots, flying foxes, frogs, kangaroos and wallabies, magpies, possums and snakes with Britannica Library.
Listen on the go with these podcasts:
- All the dirt: Steve Wood and Deryn Thorpe combine decades of gardening, sustainability and environmental knowledge to create Australia’s most popular gardening podcast.
- The Garden Clinic: Get your garden growing with great advice from Sandra and Graham Ross.
- The Wildlife Garden Podcast (Podbean): A fortnightly podcast on how to garden for wildlife right at home with top-tips, plant ideas and even a book club!
Watch and learn
- why bats are so important for our environment with videos from Sunshine Coast Council’s Bat Week
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