Become a wildlife gardener

Our vision for Boroondara is a place known not only for its leafy streets and open spaces, but also for its many sustainable and productive private gardens. This includes gardens rich in wildlife and local flora.

With a little planning and the right plants, you can become a wildlife gardener. You can start small or tackle a larger project, plan a full garden makeover, or work with your neighbours to connect your wildlife projects.

Helpful resources

Our Top Plants for Little Native Birds information sheet and our Example garden plans will help you create a habitat for small native birds.

Our Environmental weeds booklet will help you recognise and manage weeds.

Our Naturestrip Guidelines outline the options and requirements for planting your naturestrip with valuable habitat for birds, lizards and insects.

Our Backyard Biodiversity booklet will help you plan and create a wildlife-friendly garden using local native plants.

The booklet has a simple list to help your garden project succeed, including:

  • a patch of natural mulch or leaf litter for beetles and worms
  • a clump of dense shrubs where birds can shelter
  • nectar plants for honeyeaters
  • a birdbath in a high, sheltered location
  • a frog-friendly pond
  • a warm, sheltered corner plus some rocks in the sun for lizards
  • daisies for butterflies
  • native grasses and ground-covers as an alternative to lawns
  • keeping the garden chemical and insecticide free
  • keeping cats in at night to protect nesting birds, reptiles and native mammals.

You can also pick up a copy of our Backyard Biodiversity booklet at any of our libraries.

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

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