What is Backyards for Wildlife?
Backyards for Wildlife is a regional program that supports and recognises the efforts of owners of small bushland blocks to preserve local wildlife habitat and link wildlife corridors in the urban environment.
Backyards for Wildlife properties contain a variety of native plants - grasses, groundcovers, shrubs and trees - that provide food and habitat for native animals.
If you have an interest in native plants and animals and you would like to help attract and keep wildlife in your area, then Backyards for Wildlife may be suitable for you.
What are the benefits of joining Backyards for Wildlife?
- A Backyards for Wildlife Certificate of Registration
- A Backyards for Wildlife sign for your front gate
- 25 native plants or a free nestbox
- Free access to all Living with the Environment activities, events and workshops (subject to availability, bookings essential)
- Access to free native flora and fauna management advice
Backyards for Wildlife membership is free, voluntary and non-binding, but requires assessment against specific criteria.
The property must be less than one hectare (10000 m2 or 2.5 acres) in size, contain established local wildlife habitat, and must either:
- Be linked to a natural area (eg. environmental reserve or conservation park)
- Adjoin a waterway or wetland
- Contain habitat for rare and threatened species
- Contain established native vegetation representative of local vegetation communities, or
- Neighbour other Backyards for Wildlife, Land for Wildlife or Voluntary Conservation Agreement properties
As a Backyards for Wildlife landholder you must be motivated and committed to supporting nature conservation on your property by managing it in a way that clearly enhances the local environment.
How do I join?
If you are eligible to join: