Attracting Wildlife and Creating a Biodiverse Garden
- Garden guide (Wodonga Urban Landcare Network). This guide provides a wealth of information on designing and creating a garden that provides valuable habitat for native animals. While it is based on species from the Albury-Wodonga region, much of the information it contains is relevant for our region. 64 pages. Download here.
- Backyard biodiversity: A guide to creating wildlife-friendly sustainable gardens in Boroondara (City of Boroondara Council). While this guide was produced for residents in Melbourne, it contains a huge amount of really useful and accessible information on how to create a wildlife-friendly garden. It provides detail on how to provide habitat for species including honeyeaters, parrots and other birds; butterflies, dragonflies and other insects; frogs; lizards; and mammals. 40 pages. Download here.
- Conserving reptiles in agricultural landscapes (Murrumbidgee Landcare). This fact sheet describes the results of research into the impact of tree plantings on native reptiles, and the importance of granite outcrops. 2 pages. Download here.
Caring For Wildlife on your Property
- Integrating wildlife conservation and farm management (NSW Office of Environment & Heritage). This brochure summarises some simple farm management practices and projects that you can implement to benefit wildlife on your property, while also helping to improve the health and productivity of your farm. 4 pages. Download here.
- Wildlife rescue handbook: The first 24 hours (Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife). Having a rural property means that you are more likely to come across wildlife, and unfortunately that is likely to include injured wildlife. Knowing what to do when you come across an injured animal will give you the best chance of saving that animal’s life. This guide is the first step towards knowing what to do. 16 pages. Download here.
- Nest boxes (Murrumbidgee Landcare). This fact sheet explains why, where and how to install a nest box, along with details on monitoring and maintenance of nest boxes. It also includes construction information and diagrams to construct a nest box suitable for squirrel gliders, sugar gliders or brush-tailed phascogales. 6 pages. Download here.
- Nest boxes for natives (Birds Australia). This information sheet describes the importance of tree hollows to provide shelter for native birds and animals. It then outlines the role of nest boxes, and their recommended design and placement. Included is a design for a nest box suitable for rosellas, plus a table detailing the recommended dimensions for nest boxes for a wide range of native birds and mammals. 6 pages. Download here.
- Build your own wildlife nest box (Greater Sydney Local Land Services). This guide includes details on the design, installation and maintenance of nest boxes for gliders, microbats, parrots and pardalotes. 30 pages. Download here.
- Native bee hotels (BushBlitz ACT). This guide contains the steps to build several different types of simple native bee hotels, to provide alternative nesting sites for bees in areas where habitat is lacking. Bee hotels have the added bonus that they’re fun to make and add a quirky feature to your garden! The guide also includes information about some of the more common types of native bees you are likely to see in our region. 4 pages. Download here.
- Busy bees: Protection of native bees (Wagga Wagga Urban Landcare Group). This bright fact sheet includes some interesting facts about native bees, along with some tips on how you can help our native bees, and examples of the plant species they are particularly attracted to. 2 pages. Download here.
- Birds of box gum grassy woodlands (Communities in Landscapes). This video series features information, pictures and calls of a range of native bird species found in the Box Gum Grassy Woodlands of our region. There are four videos, covering birds of different habitat elements – ground dwellers, shrub dwellers, canopy dwellers, and hollow nesters. View here.
- Fighting for fungi! (Murrumbidgee Landcare). This fact sheet includes a description of the important role fungi play in our native ecosystems, as well as information on foraging for fungi. 4 pages. Download here.