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Gardens for Wildlife

Gardens for Wildlife

An exciting  free program has been developed to help Warrnambool residents encourage wildlife into their garden.

Only a small portion of the indigenous vegetation that used to cover the Warrnambool area remains, generally in small isolated patches which makes it difficult for native wildlife to survive, thrive and move between patches.

You can improve the habitat for wildlife in your garden by creating a wildlife friendly garden that provides shelter, food and water. Your garden can contribute to the survival of our local wildlife and provide a stepping stone for them to move through the area.

 

What makes a garden wildlife friendly?

A wildlife friendly garden includes some or all of the following:

  • A mature tree, native to the area
  • A mixture of plant layers such as trees, shrubs and groundcovers
  • Dense shrubs for birds to shelter in
  • Nectar plants for honeyeaters
  • Cat-safe bird bath
  • Warm sheltered area for lizards
  • Butterfly hosting plants
  • Frog friendly pond or bog
  • Patch of natural mulch for beetles and worms

 

How will the Gardens for Wildlife program work?

Gardens for Wildlife is a program developed and run as a partnership between Council and community members. A garden visit, by a trained volunteer garden advisor, provides helpful, practical advice, to assist participants to make their garden more wildlife friendly.

A pilot program will be launched in May 2021 with limited spaces available. This page will be updated with details on how to register your interest for the pilot program.

 

How to become a Wildlife Garden Advisor

Register your interest, or contact the Natural Environment Unit on 5559 4800 or email jbalazs [at] warrnambool [dot] vic [dot] gov [dot] au for further information

 

The plant selector tool is available for more information on local native plants.

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