Having native wildlife around is such a joy. 

Learn about what to feed native wildlife and how to go about it safely for their health and wellbeing, and for ours.

Tips on attracting native wildlife

Attract native wildlife to your garden with these handy tips:

  1. Provide water for wildlife in a safe and sheltered location. Make sure the vessel is cleaned and the water is replaced regularly. If you have the space, a pond would also make a great habitat for frogs.
  2. Native plants provide a natural source of food and shelter for wildlife. Create a wildlife friendly garden by planting a variety of native species in garden beds or in pots.
  3. Provide artificial hollows or nest boxes for native birds and mammals.  Native bee and insect hotels are perfect for our smaller critters.
  4. Leave rocks, sticks and leaf litter in areas to create habitat for insects and lizards. 
  5. Use mulch in your garden beds and pots. It helps to retain moisture for your plants and can be used by birds and mammals as nesting material.
  6. If your garden lacks natural food sources to attract wildlife, you may want to entice them with an occasional snack. If you decide to feed the wildlife,
    * ensure the feeding area is clean and protected from predators
    * offer food that is fresh and safe for wildlife to eat
    * remove spent food and disinfect feeding surfaces regularly
    * don't feed too much or too often as you don't want to attract too many animals and cause a nuisance
  7. Choose safe and natural eco-friendly alternatives to chemicals and pesticides for pest control and cleaning.
  8. If you need to protect herbs, fruits or vegetables growing in your garden, use wildlife safe netting.

 

For information on plants that attract native wildlife and wildlife friendly gardens:

https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/clean-and-green/green-home-and-community/sustainable-gardening/free-native-plants-program/participating-nurseries/native-plant-species-for-residents

https://www.wires.org.au/wildlife-info/wildlife-factsheets/wildlife-friendly-gardens

http://www.heritagetreecare.com.au/wildlife-friendly-backyards/

https://www.birdsinbackyards.net/Bird-friendly-Gardening-Small-Spaces

For information on feeding native wildlife:

https://environment.des.qld.gov.au/wildlife/animals/living-with/feeding-wildlife

https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/clean-and-green/natural-environment-and-water/biodiversity-in-brisbane/wildlife-in-brisbane/feeding-native-wildlife

https://www.birdsinbackyards.net/feed-or-not-feed-0

 

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