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.
- 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:
Habitat 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:
- Right click on the pdf, choose save target as, then save the document on your desktop
- Open the pdf in Acrobat Reader
- Complete the form then print and sign it
- Scan the signed form and send by email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 contact the Customer Service Centre on 02 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.
Aussie Backyard Bird Count
Visit the citizen science opportunities web page for updates and reports on the Aussie Backyard Bird Count.
The results from the 2016 bird count:
The report from the 2015 bird count:
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.
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.
For more information:
Download the brochure:
Contact the Environment Officer - Private Land Conservation
Telephone: 02 4868 0819
Wingecarribee Private Land Conservation Strategic Plan (2014-19)
Council's main environment page
Land for Wildlife
Wingecarribee Web and Wildlife Wingecarribee Enewsletters
Habitat for Wildlife - Community Environment Network
Threatened species - NSW Office of Environment & Heritage
Habitat Stepping Stones