Gardens for Wildlife

The Gardens for Wildlife program will assist you to create a wildlife-friendly habitat in your garden by providing you with simple, practical advice for an environment-friendly garden. The program is managed in Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale by the Swan Bay Environment Association (SBEA) and is proudly supported by the Borough of Queenscliffe.

The aim of the Gardens for Wildlife program is to:

  • promote biodiversity for native flora and fauna;
  • encourage gardeners to devote all or part of their garden to protect locally threatened wildlife;
  • increase the plantings of indigenous or other suitable Australian plants in gardens;
  • create enjoyable and practical gardens.

What is a Wildlife Garden?

A wildlife garden contains features that provide a safe haven for wildlife, with food, shelter, look-out spots, nesting sites and safe areas to raise young.

To create a Garden for Wildlife, your garden should include all or some of the following features:

  • a tall mature tree that is native to the area;
  • a patch of natural mulch for beetles and worms;
  • nectar plants for honeyeaters;
  • a cat-proof birdbath;
  • a frog friendly pond or bog with unpolluted water;
  • a warm, sheltered corner for lizards; and
  • local daisies for butterflies.

There are three Wildlife Garden categories for Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale gardens:

  • Category 1: A predominantly native garden that includes indigenous plants and all of the features listed above;
  • Category 2: A garden that has an area or areas for indigenous wildlife and includes some of the features listed above;
  • Category 3: No garden currently established. Plans to create a garden and seek advice on Gardens for Wildlife concepts within 12 months.

How does Gardens for Wildlife work?

Interested gardeners should register their garden with Gardens for Wildlife. You can download the registration form here. The program is free to join.

Following your registration, a Gardens-for-Wildlife assessor will visit your property to determine into which of the three Gardens for Wildlife categories your garden fits. The assessor will also provide advice and suggestions on how you can make your garden more wildlife-friendly. Following the assessor’s visit, you will receive a written assessment listing your garden’s native and indigenous plants, and suggestions and plant recommendations to increase your garden’s biodiversity.

As a new member of Gardens for Wildlife, you will also receive:

  • a Certificate of Registration;
  • a voucher for 20 plants from the Queenscliffe Community Indigenous Plant Nursery;
  • a small letterbox sticker to promote your involvement in the program; and
  • three information booklets on flora and fauna on the Bellarine Peninsula.

Is my garden too small to be considered?

No matter how small your garden – be it plant containers, a courtyard, deck or larger space – we can all contribute to the survival of wildlife by providing suitable places for birds, insects, frogs, lizards and other animals.

What if I make changes to my garden?

Members are asked to complete a review of their garden within 12 months of joining the program. If they have undertaken measures to improve their garden’s biodiversity during this time, they can request an update of their Gardens for Wildlife category.

Some residents will need to obtain a planning permit from Council before they remove, destroy or lop specific trees or plants from their garden. Please contact Council to determine if any restrictions apply to your property.

Want to learn more?

Visit the Swan Bay Environment Association website for more details about Gardens for Wildlife and current information about flora and fauna in on the Bellarine Peninsula.

 

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