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What is Habitat for Wildlife?

Habitat for Wildlife is about providing a backyard garden that is wildlife friendly, and is for people who live in the Wingecarribee Shire who love native animals.

It is about making small changes to your backyard to improve habitat values and to encourage native birds, moths, butterflies, insects, frogs and lizards to visit or live in your garden. Creating a wildlife refuge in your backyard will increase the likelihood of a native animal’s survival and movement through a landscape.

Tips can be provided on how you manage pets, how you think about and plan your garden design and through the installation of bird baths, native grasses, shrubs and trees and other features such as rocky gardens, nest boxes in trees, or ponds that will encourage and protect native animals.
You can be as creative as you like!

How do I Join?

Membership is free and available to residents of Wingecarribee Shire. Members receive:

  • A colourful metal sign to install on their front gate or fence
  • Resources including the Backyard Habitat Planting Guide
  • A native plant gift voucher to the value of $10
  • Subscription to the Wingecarribee Web and Wildlife Wingecarribee E-Newsletters
  • Access to workshops and events as they happen

To join Habitat for Wildlife, complete the member form: 

pdfHabitat for Wildlife Membership form (PDF, 1.3MB)

You will not be able to save this form if opened in your browser – it will have to be completed and printed ready for signing in FOUR steps:

  1. Right click on the pdf, choose save target as, then save the document on your desktop
  2. Open the pdf in Acrobat Reader
  3. Complete the form then print and sign it
  4. Scan the signed form and send by email to karen.guymer@wsc.nsw.gov.au or mail@wsc.nsw.gov.au or alternatively, put it in the post or drop it off at the Civic Centre.

If you would prefer to complete a printed copy of the form, please email karen.guymer@wsc.nsw.gov.au or contact on 4868 0828 or the Customer Service Centre on 4868 0888.

If you are under 18 years of age you will need a parent or guardian to sign the form.

Making Your Garden Bird-Friendly

It is a good time to get the binoculars out and get out in the back garden or your favourite park or bush land reserve and observe and count the birds you see.

Greening Australia have published a brochure to help you make your garden more bird-friendly.

PDFPlanting for Birds (PDF, 2MB)

2018 Aussie Backyard Bird Count

Join the ABBC during 22-28 October 2018. All you need to do is get out in your favourite park, garden or bush land reserve and count the birds you see over a 20 minute period. There is an app and a field guide available that you can download to your computer or smartphone when you register on the ABBC website. You don't need to be an expert bird watcher to participate. This is all about getting a snapshot of the birds that are living near to us. Council can use this information over a number of years to look at the trends with numbers and species diversity. In 2016, 132 species were counted and nearly 6500 birds during that time. 

2016 Aussie Backyard Bird Count

The results from the 2016 ABBC are now available for download:

2015 Aussie Backyard Bird Count

The report from the 2015 bird count is found below:
Parrot Report for Wingecarribee Shire CouncilParrot Report Wingecarribee Shire Council (PDF, 0.6MB)

Backyard Habitat Planting Guide

Download the new Backyard Habitat Planting Guide to read about simple ways to make your backyard garden more wildlife-friendly. The guide is a 32-page colour A5 booklet and is available to all new and existing members. A printed copy of the guide is posted to all members who join Habitat for Wildlife.

PDFBackyard Habitat Planting Guide (PDF, 2.3MB)

Native Plant Selection

A native plant selector tool is being developed to help you find and choose a list of suitable native plant species for your garden. In the meantime, have a look at the lists provided here from Wariapendi Nursery using the location closest to your property. In addition, you could talk to a specialist in native plants or look at the patch of natural bush closest to your home for inspiration! Make sure your garden design and plantings do not increase the bush fire risk for your property.

PDFMoss Vale & Berrima Plant List (PDF, 199kB)

PDFMittagong & Bowral Plant List (PDF, 200kB)

PDFRobertson & Burrawang Plant List (PDF, 201kB)

PDFCanyonleigh & Marulan Plant List (PDF, 199kB)

For more information:

Download the brochure:

PDFWingecarribee Wildlife Programs Brochure (PDF, 5MB)

Contact the Bushland Projects Officer 
Telephone: (02) 4868-0772 
Email: karen.guymer@wsc.nsw.gov.au

The Mayor loves Habitat for Wildlife!


linkWingecarribee Private Land Conservation Strategic Plan (2014-19) (internal link)

linkCouncil's main environment page (internal link)

linkLand for Wildlife (internal link)

linkWingecarribee Web and Wildlife Wingecarribee                            Enewsletters (external link)

linkHabitat for Wildlife - Community Environment Network (external link)

linkThreatened species - NSW Office of Environment & Heritage (external link)

linkHabitat Stepping Stones (external link)

Last Updated: March 5th, 2018
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