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.
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.
Top 5 books
Reserve these physical items and collect from your local library:
- Habitat: a practical guide to creating a wildlife-friendly Australian Garden by A.B. Bishop
- The new nature by Tim Low
- All about garden wildlife of Australia by Garry Sankowsky
- Attracting frogs to your garden: creating an ideal habitat for native frogs in your own backyard by Kevin Casey
- The Australian bird-garden: creating havens for native birds by Graham Pizzey
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
- Read about creating a wildlife friendly garden with tips from Sunshine Coast Council.
- Find out if any threatened species live in your neighbourhood by requesting a species list for your area from the Queensland Department of Environment and Science. Learn how to support and protect those species.
- Lucky enough to have a larger parcel of land to call your own? Why not consider becoming a member of Land For Wildlife – a free program that can assist with your conservation efforts.
- Get involved with Birdlife Australia’s Birdata program from the comfort of your patio or garden bench.
- Learn more about common backyard visitors such as bandicoots, brush turkeys, bats, frogs, kangaroos, magpies, possums and snakes.
- Sign up to become a contributor to Faunawatch – a program that collects and compiles sighting information submitted by community volunteers.
- To feed or not to feed wildlife – that is the question! Learn how to feed native wildlife without breaking the law or having it become a nuisance problem.
- Explore this useful list of wildlife rescue and care groups in case you need them.
- Set up a pollinator garden.
- Build a frog bog and then download the great Australian Museum tool, FrogID app to help you identify who comes to visit.
- Build a bug hotel for your garden - check out Garden Guru.
- Find simple ways to keep your backyard wildlife friendly.
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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