Wildlife Fact Sheets - Wildlife friendly gardens
The information on this fact sheet was sourced from QPWS with thanks.
Restoring the natural balance
Neat and tidy gardens can be environmentally unfriendly places. With native plants in your backyard the
parrots squawk and flash of bright colours, the magpies beautiful caroling and the sights and sounds of other native animals will
surround your home.
Native animals from determined diggers like termite eating echidnas, through daytime drowsing koalas to industrious
insect eating Willie Wagtails, magpies and bandicoots (which eat our lawn grubs) need native plants. The survival of our wildlife
depends upon vegetation to provide food, shelter and a place for them to live and grow.
A balanced native garden with trees, shrubs,
ground cover, worms, spiders, insects, lizards, birds and mammals replicates a small forest. Virtually maintenance free, it can provide
shade and wind and noise barriers. Small gardens of local native trees, shrubs and ground cover may not be important by themselves
but a whole suburb of native plant gardens can be just as important for nature conservation as the nearest national park.
of natural vegetation along a water course, fence line or roadside is vital for the movement of wildlife from one area to another.
Some animals need to move over large distances to obtain their food while others need corridors to meet other members of their species
for breeding. Very few animals will move from the protection of vegetation.
When forced due to lack of food, territorial disputes or
overpopulation, they will often fall prey to another animal or become road victims.
Isolated patches of vegetation are therefore of
little benefit unless corridors are provided. Planting and retaining natural vegetation on farms has many advantages to the landowner.
Vegetation around dams and along creeks can help prevent evaporation, erosion and siltation. Vegetation along fence lines provides
protection for stock and crops. Clearing ground cover exposing our fragile soil to the elements makes it susceptible to salination
and erosion problems. Native plants also attract birds, such as Magpies, Friar birds, Ibis and Willie Wagtails which reduce insect
pests and the need for chemical control.
Planting can be an enjoyable project for the whole family to participate in. You and your
children can share the growth of nature, experiencing the delights of birds, possums, gliders and other native animals as they eat,
sleep, play and grow around you.
So why not start planting today! Find out what native plants grow locally on soils similar to yours.
Plant local species as they will grow well and support animals which naturally occur in your area. On the following page there is
a chart to help you: