Restoring wildlife habitat
Many of our native animals are under threat and every bit of habitat helps. There are lots of ways you can help to create wildlife habitat at home, and there are even grants available to help you.
Tree planting and habitat restoration
Council’s Biodiversity Team keeps a database of landholders who are interested in tree planting and habitat restoration. When we get funding grants, we contact our interested landholders. To get your property on the database, contact:
You can also register your interest in being involved with other local conservation groups. The following organisations regularly apply for funding for private land conservation projects and will consider new properties on the basis of their strategic conservation value.
A Conservation Agreement will protect the wildlife habitat on your property forever, even if you sell the property. This program is suited to owners of large properties, who want to permanently protect valuable wildlife habitat on their land. Conservation Agreements are administered by the NSW Government Biodiversity Conservation Trust, who provide advice, support and funding for you to manage part or all of your property for conservation.
With a Conservation Agreement, you will receive an ongoing discount on your council rates, and be eligible for grants to support conservation activities including:
- weed control
- installation of wildlife-friendly fencing
- developing a site management plan.
Currently grants of up to $15,000 per year for three years are available. Grants are not competitive and you can apply at any time.
Landholders get to decide which parts of their land are included in the Conservation Agreement. This means you can protect important areas of habitat, while still being able to maintain tracks, fences or farmed areas.
Generally your property needs to have 20ha or more of native vegetation to be eligible. But smaller areas can be considered where they have special environmental values, e.g. koala habitat or endangered ecological communities.
For more information visit the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust website.
Land for Wildlife
Land for Wildlife is a great first step for property owners who don’t feel ready to enter into a Conservation Agreement. When you register with Land for Wildlife, you will get a visit from the Land for Wildlife officer, who can provide advice on how best to manage your property for wildlife.
The program is free to join and you will also get a Land for Wildlife sign for your front gate, and will be eligible to apply for small grants to help with weed management and ecological restoration.
For more information visit Brunswick Valley Landcare's website.
Tips for creating wildlife habitat
- Whether you have a large rural property or a small urban or suburban block, you can help our native animals by planting wildlife habitat. Don’t know what to plant? Have a look at Council’s native plant guides for information.
- If you’re looking to plant koala habitat, check out the list of koala feed trees on our website.
- Brunswick Valley Landcare is a great source of information. Visit their website and sign up to their newsletter to get land and conservation management stories and tips delivered to your inbox every month.
- You can also help native wildlife by providing water, especially during dry times. Water should be in a shallow dish, in a shady part of the garden, and should be changed daily. To help small creatures like skinks, put a rock or a stick in the dish to provide access.
- Native animals are very shy, and will be disturbed by even the gentlest of dogs. If you can, keep your pets contained to part of your yard, so wildlife can move through the other part. You can help by making small escape holes in solid fencing for bandicoots and echidnas, and by placing escape poles or trees near fences for koalas and possums.
- Keeping your dog or cat indoors at night also really helps, as native animals are mostly nocturnal. See the Responsible dog ownership page for more information on creating a pet-friendly and wildlife-friendly property.