Land For Wildlife

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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. 

Funding Opportunities

Land for Wildlife registered properties are eligible to apply for funding opportunities, from a variety of different sources, so visit the Private Land Conservation web page below for more information.


Private Land Conservation

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.

Apply for Land for Wildlife

If you are interested in this program please complete the Expression of Interest Form and Council will be in touch with you.

Land for Wildlife Bushfire Recovery 

Land for Wildlife is supporting our members who have been affected by this summer's bushfire with:

  • Property visits for bushfire affected properties to offer advice and identify opportunities to assist in the recovery of your Land for Wildlife conservation area
  • Roll out of a bushfire recovery monitoring program - integrated between council reserves and Land for Wildlife property conservation areas
  • Regular special edition "Hot Topic" newsletters on bushland recovery topics after a fire.
  • Bushfire recovery workshop at the end of the fire season.


Land for Wildlife Hot Topic Newsletters

We are helping our members navigate their journey to recovery with a series of newsletters:


Further Information

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


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: