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What is Land for Wildlife?

Land For Wildlife is a free, voluntary program which aims to encourage and assist private landholders to provide habitats for wildlife on their property, even though the property may be managed primarily for other purposes.

The minimum size of the habitat to be protected is 0.5 hectare (just over 1 acre). 

The program aims to promote continuity of habitat across landscapes, community participation in nature conservation, and to contribute to the ecologically sustainable long-term viability of agricultural systems. For current events and workshop information, see further down the page.

Funding Opportunities

The NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust has recently announced the commencement of the Conservation Partners Program, which is about encouraging landholders to enter agreements to conserve biodiversity and support productive landscapes.

Land for Wildlife registered properties are eligible to apply for Conservation Partners Grants under this program, up to $2000 per year for three years for the following activities: fencing, weed control, introduced pest animal control, supplementary planting, habitat restoration and other maintenance such as erosion control. See the NSW BCT web site for more details below.

In addition to this, there are other funding opportunities, so visit the Private Land Conservation web page for more information below:

NSW BCTNSW BCT (external link)

Who's Living on My Land? 

Get to know the animals that are living on your land through free interactive wildlife surveying workshops. Following an overview of local biodiversity conservation programs and threatened species you will be shown how to use a motion detector camera to survey your wildlife. You will then borrow the camera for two weeks and the images collected will be collated for you and a species list prepared.

Upcoming Workshops:

Wingello/Paddys River - Friday 14 September 2018 

Where: Mechanics Institute WINGELLO NSW 2579, 10.30am-3.30pm

Who: Residents and landholders from Paddys River, Penrose, Wingello, and Canyonleigh are invited to attend. 

Registration is essential.  Contact Margot Law for more information or to register on tel. 02 9299 0000.

Hotspots Workshops

Council has partnered with the NSW Rural Fire Service and the NSW Nature Conservation Council to deliver fire management training to landholders in bush fire prone areas within Wingecarribee Shire. Hotspots
is a two-day workshop and involves learning about the use of fire for hazard reduction and ecological purposes. The first day covers fire ecology and the development of fire management plans for each individual property and the second day, usually held 2-3 weeks later, involves learning about preparing for and conducting a small burn on a property.
These workshops are held in Autumn/Winter each year, depending on the level of interest.
If you are interested in attending one of these workshops, and you live on bush fire prone land, contact the Environment Officer (Bushcare and Citizen Science) at Council on tel. 02 4868 0772.  

External LinkHotspots (External link)

Why Promote Wildlife Conservation on Your Land?

Wingecarribee Shire's plants and animals cannot be conserved adequately by the public reserve system alone. The Southern Highlands is a critical pinch point within the Great Eastern Ranges and we need to retain corridors and connect bushland remnants. This is why Council is encouraging and supporting landholders within the shire to take steps towards conserving the natural features on their properties.

Habitat for Wildlife is for smaller properties and urban residents. Land for Wildlife is for larger properties with areas for conservation that exceed 0.5 hectares. These programs are funded by Environment Levy and are free to join.

How Do I Join Land For Wildlife?

Interested landholders should print and complete an Expression of Interest form (below). A sample Landholder Agreement is available to download. Complete the EOI and email to mail@wsc.nsw.gov.au or post to:

Environment Officer - Private Land Conservation
Wingecarribee Shire Council
PO Box 141
Moss Vale 2577

PDFLand for Wildlife Expression of Interest Form (PDF, 200kB)

PDFLandholder Agreement Sample (PDF, 200kB)

For further information and assistance, contact:

Environment Officer - Private Land Conservation
Telephone: (02) 4868-0772

Email: mail@wsc.nsw.gov.au

For more information about Land for Wildlife watch the short films below:

Or download the brochure explaining the wildlife programs in our shire:
PDFWingecarribee Wildlife Conservation Brochure (PDF, 5.51kB)

For more information on Land for Wildlife for Families, see our short video below:

For more information on Land for Wildlife for Farmers, see our short video below:

For more information on Land for Wildlife for Schools, see our short video below:

For more information on Land for Wildlife as a Legacy, see our short video below:


linkWingecarribee Web and Wildlife Wingecarribee (local eNewsletters)

linkBush Matters newsletter (external link)

linkPrivate Land Biodiversity Conservation Strategic Plan Web Site (internal link)

linkLand for Wildlife Program (CEN) (external link)

linkLocal Land Services (external link)

Last Updated: June 15th, 2018
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