Backyards 4 Wildlife Resources
In this section you will find some valuable resources to help you with your Backyard 4 Wildlife.
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This booklet describes how you can develop an environmentally friendly garden that attracts and supports native wildlife using Backyards 4 Wildlife principles.
During a period of climate change and water conservation, local native gardens make practical sense because they do not need as much water to survive, they provide food and habitat for our wildlife, and they reduce the threat of invasive environmental weeds. Learn more by reading this booklet HERE (1710KB PDF)
Unfortunately, not all nurseries around Greater Adelaide stock our locally native plants, so keep asking for them! Please click HERE to download a PDF list (135KB) of nurseries that supply locally native plants and have registered their details with us. These growers generally try to specialise in their local area so try your closest grower. For more information on Native Grass Suppliers and creating a native lawn, see the Native Grass Resources Group.
Please note that this is not a complete list and anyone wishing to be added should supply the required details in an email to email@example.com
Backyards for Wildlife Factsheets
We have a set of 11 Backyards for Wildlife factsheets available for download. Please click on the links below to open them:
Creating a Habitat Garden
Establishing a Native Garden
Using Landscape Elements
Bringing Butterflies Back
Frog Friendly Gardens
Creating a Home for Lizards
Sharing the Garden with Possums
Supporting Native Fish
Bats in your Backyard **If you see Flying Foxes (aka fruit bats) in your neighbourhood (around Greater Adelaide), please call (08) 8336 0926 or email FlyingFoxWatch@sa.gov.au to report their location to the Department. Thank you.
Find out how you can plan the type of garden you want in your space requirements using local native plants. Start with our Garden Design Factsheet and get more specific as you know what you are looking for. From courtyards to formal, or bush and cottage styles, we've got something for everyone!
This garden escapee weeds brochure (left 2011 version is available in printed copies, and title links to this 2012 pdf only updated version). This has been developed to raise greater awareness of common (and sometime popular) garden plants that have a strong ability to escape and become big environmental weeds in and around Greater Adelaide. Please take a look and consider replacing any plants you might have with non-invasive ones. Or at least be much more aware of their spreading ability and minimise any possible risk through careful management. You can requst boxes of 225 printed version for your group by contacting us.
If you would like to get involved, becoming a Friend is an easy way to start.You are invited to join our mailing list by becoming a Friend of the Urban Forest. You can sign up electronically HERE, or you can download, print and fill in some extra details using THIS FORM.
By becoming a Friend, we can keep you better informed about Backyards for Wildlife and some of the important conservation activities that we are doing.