Our local wildlife needs you - and your garden

Do you want to learn how to make your garden or outdoor space more attractive to wildlife?

Although the City of Boroondara is an urban area, it is still home to an impressive range of wildlife. Furry visitors to our gardens and parks include the grey-headed flying fox, sugar glider and rakali – our handsome native water rat. Feathered friends include the rainbow lorikeet, eastern spinebill, and spotted pardalote.

We are actively protecting these and other unique animals by enhancing our biodiversity zones – and you can play a vital role.

Did you know that by choosing the right plants and wildlife friendly features for your garden you can create valuable stepping stones to help animals move safely between parks and reserves?

Our Backyard Biodiversity booklet can help you plan and create a wildlife friendly garden. The booklet provides information on native wildlife found in Boroondara, and steps for planning a garden using local indigenous plants to provide habitat for wildlife. You can download it below. 

Two women pose while digging in a garden

Wildlife gardening tips to help your garden project succeed

  • Plant a tall, mature eucalypt or wattle tree.
  • Add a patch of natural mulch or leaf litter for beetles and worms.
  • Grow a clump of dense shrubs where birds can shelter.
  • Plant nectar-rich plants for honeyeaters.
  • Position a birdbath in a high, sheltered location.
  • Build a frog-friendly pond.
  • Plan a warm, sheltered corner, including some rocks in the sun, for lizards.
  • Sow daisies for butterflies.
  • Plant native grasses and groundcovers as an alternative to lawns.
  • Keep the garden chemical and insecticide free.
  • Keep your cat in at night to protect nesting birds, reptiles and native mammals.

Download our Backyard Biodiversity guide for great wildlife gardening tips