Wildlife gardens

Australia’s sprawling urban environment has created a new type of 'wild' habitat for many of our native animals while squeezing others out completely. How can the average homeowner help compensate for the habitat destruction that inevitably comes with ever-expanding urbanisation?

Create a wildlife garden that will attract native wildlife to a place of safety and plentiful food sources. Who comes to visit or live will be influenced by your choice of plantings and design, surrounding bushland in your area and of course the behaviour of predators - domestic pets, introduced feral animals and native species. The Sunshine Coast has over 700 different native animals, so there is an amazing variety of animals to support.


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You can design your garden to specifically attract butterflies, birds, insects, amphibians, reptiles, marsupials and other larger Australian native animals. Experts estimate that half of Australia’s threatened species live in the urban fringe. With the correct planning you can do your bit for the environment. Establishing a wildlife garden is even good for your health, as research shows that living close to nature improves your overall wellbeing.

So be it big or small, get out there and get involved in wildlife gardens – it is good for you! Check out the range of titles available through libraries.

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Browse for inspiration with these gardening eMagazines:

  • Gardening Australia
  • Sustainable and Water Wise Gardens
  • Mother Earth News

Get started using free eMagazines online or download the RBDigital app. Select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password. 

On the web

Learn to create a skink friendly habitat in your garden. Skinks will act as natural pest controllers in your garden, with some gobbling up crickets, beetles, spiders, grasshoppers, moths and cockroaches.

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