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.

Household fruit netting to protect wildlife

Putting netting over your household fruit trees and vegetable gardens can protect them from being eaten by birds and other wildlife before you have the chance to pick them, however netting poses a threat to wildlife.

In September 2021 the Victorian Government introduced new regulations about the size of the mesh used in domestic netting, to protect our birds and other wildlife from injury and death.

It is mandatory for any netting used to protect household fruit-trees, vegetable gardens or other fruiting plants to have a mesh size, when at full stretch, of no greater than 5mm x 5mm.  

Any household fruit netting that does not meet these new rules must be replaced. 

When the time comes to get rid of your old netting, remember to place it in a strong bag before putting it into landfill. This prevents it from becoming a risk before it is buried at the landfill site.

An alternative to netting is to put fruit bags over individual branches. This protects the fruit you can reach while leaving some available for our hungry urban wildlife.

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