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What are Backyards 4 Wildlife?

Magpie on a birdbath
In Australia, gardening has been recognised as one of our favourite pastimes and is a great way to stay active and healthy. Our gardens can also be where we rediscover and get in touch with nature. In the longer term, if we can learn to lessen our ecological footprint in our own backyards then we can apply those skills and that knowledge to our local landscapes.

The current need to conserve water is making us more aware that what we do in our gardens has the potential to benefit or harm the wider natural environment. This is true for many of the decisions and actions we make in our everyday lives. The plants we choose, how we structure our garden, and the type of pest control we embrace can all influence whether our Small trough gardengardens are friendly to visiting wildlife or not. The Backyards 4 Wildlife principles explained on this website do apply on a larger scale to the protection and maintenance of our national parks and wilderness places. The skills and knowledge you will gain by creating a wildlife friendly garden at your home are also relevant to the whole environment.

Establishing a wildlife garden does not necessarily mean a rambling bush-like space… (Tour a Garden for formal- and courtyard-style native gardens). However, it does mean you can encourage birds, butterflies, lizards, frogs and a host of other native animals to your garden. Enjoying wildlife in your garden is a real pleasure, but knowing that you are contributing to keeping our unique and precious Australian fauna part of the urban landscape is a generous gift to the future. Not only will you be rewarded with a plethora of wildlife visits, you’ll also save water and maintenance time by making your backyard an ecologically sustainable urban biodiversity haven.

By choosing to develop and maintain a garden that follows a few basic Backyards 4 Wildlife principles you can help contribute to a better local environment while also reducing your maintenance costs, conserving local flora and fauna and helping make our urban areas more ecologically sustainable. So now you know ‘why’ read on and find out ‘how’ to create a wildlife friendly garden and become an environmental volunteer in your own backyard!   

What sort of garden will you create?

No matter how small your available garden space is, there are ways to create an ecologically friendly space that will offer a home to our unique and wonderful native animals and plants. So why not create a special garden that will enable you to experience nature on a daily basis, as well appreciate the seasons throughout the year. Grow a local native garden and help grow a great future for all of us.Calostemma purpureum flower

A native garden can provide you with:

  • Improved lifestyle
  • Reduced Costs
  • Improved Property Values
  • Resident’s Comfort
  • Natural Attraction
  • Water Conservation
  • Improved Air Quality
  • Reduced Air Temperatures  
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