Fencing is important for stock control. Netting protects fruit trees. Both can be harmful to wildlife.
Animals become trapped, causing suffering, injury, or death.
Discover tips and information to help you in selecting wildlife friendly fencing and netting.
Photo credit - Lib Ruytenberg
Hungry animals are also easily tangled in large nets covering flowering and fruiting trees. Native animals like will seek out planted fruit trees during severe weather events like drought and flood, when their natural food isn’t available. This includes:
For more information on the right netting for your property, visit Wildlife friendly netting
Discarded old netting can also be a risk. Snakes, lizards and other animals can get trapped in used mesh that is left lying around.
Grey Headed Flying Fox in netting
Correct way to cover a fruit tree with netting
Barbed wire fences are invisible at night, low-light or in smoky air. Animals can hit them at full speed. Barbed wire is particularly dangerous for nocturnal animals such as:
The best thing you can do to protect wildlife is:
Contact your local hardware or farm shop to see if they stock wildlife friendly fencing. If not, ask them to get it in.
Barbed wire fence with tags
Barbed wire with a smooth top wire
Barbed wire with shade cloth covering the barbs
Adjusting barbed fencing is especially important along parts of the fence most likely to be visited by wildlife such as:
Making barbed fencing more visible will make it safer for wildlife. To do this you could:
Cover top and bottom barbed strands with slit poly-pipe or garden hose.
Alternatives to barbed wire include:
If you find an entangled animal, call the experts for help:
Liz Caddick, Biodiversity Team Leader
02 6626 7324