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