Backyard Biodiversity project

Our award-winning Backyard Biodiversity project encourages Boroondara residents, especially those living close to our biodiversity corridors, to set aside a section of their garden for indigenous plants and other wildlife-friendly habitat.

By doing this, residents offer valuable green stepping stones for our native wildlife.

Since 2010, we've run 12 Backyard Biodiversity projects with more than 320 enthusiastic households across the City of Boroondara, including municipal-wide projects in 2015 and 2017.

Next project: Gardiners Creek

The next project round will start on Saturday 17 March 2018 with a special focus on wildlife gardening to attract small native birds to neighbourhoods along Gardiners Creek.

How the project works

Residents living near Gardiners Creek in Ashburton are invited to take part in this year’s Backyard Biodiversity project.

The project includes the following activities:

  • Welcome session and introduction to local birds and birdwatching
  • Gardiners Creek ramble to spot local bird and learn about the value of waterways in our cities for urban biodiversity
  • Workshop on how to create a habitat garden for small native birds
  • Assistance from Backyard Biodiversity Garden Guides to plan enhancement of your garden for small birds
  • Community planting with the Friends of Ashburton Forest
  • Visit to an Indigenous nursery to pick-up free plants for your garden
  • Birdwatching surveys 

Please visit Backyard Biodiversity Project: Gardiners Creek for further information or email [email protected]

Watch our Backyard Biodiversity project video

View our Backyard Biodiversity project video to hear residents talk about their experience with the first Backyard Biodiversity project.

To find out more or to join the Backyard Biodiversity project, email our environment team.

To stay informed about the Backyard Biodiversity project and our free sustainable living resources, workshops and events, subscribe to Living for our Future e-newsletter.

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