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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 13 Backyard Biodiversity projects with more than 350 enthusiastic households across the City of Boroondara, including municipal-wide projects in 2015 and 2017.

Most recent project: Gardiners Creek

Our 2018 Backyard Biodiversity project has now finished. The project recruited residents living close to Gardiners Creek and had a special focus on wildlife gardening to attract small native birds to private gardens and Council’s reserves.

The project includes the following activities:

  • welcome session with an introduction to local bird species, bird watching tips and BirdLife Australia’s Birds in Backyards program.
  • wildlife ramble to spot local birds 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 activity
  • visit to an indigenous nursery to pick-up free plants for your garden
  • bird watching surveys.

Project resources

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 [email protected]

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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