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How YOU Can Help The Wildlife

Our native wildlife is precious and important to our ecosystems. Here are some ways that you can make your backyard and surrounds wildlife friendly. There are many ways you can help them, whether you have a small apartment balcony, or a large property with acreage. Inner city suburbs and populated areas might not seem like the best place for native wildlife to be, but they are there, and they need us.

WATER

Bird baths, shell pools or bowls, everyone should leave eater out. Our country is in a drought and the future looks to be much of the same. Every living species needs and deserves access to water. Don’t forget to place a rock, or a suitable size stick in large/deep water sources to ensure frogs, lizards and smaller animals can get out if they fall in.

FEED THE BIRDS

Bird baths can also be used to put seed in for the birds in your area. Please ensure bird baths are placed away from pets like dogs and cats. Bird feeders and seed sticks – hang them in your trees to provide an easily accessed snack, that also allows them to feel safe in a more natural environment than on the ground.

BEE HOTELS & GARDENS

Making your backyard bee friendly is a great initiative to support local ecosystems. Bees are so vital to our ecosystems and with your help, we can help stabilise their population. Planting bee- friendly plants and flowers in your backyard is an easiest way to start. Flowers and plants like lavender, bottlebrush, daisies and honey myrtle are a crowd favourite for our native bees. They also smell amazing for us humans too! Bee hotels are a great DIY project. They are also available from hardware stores and plant nurseries. These can be hung from fences, places in garden beds or along hanging baskets in trees.

FEED THE NIGHTLIFE

The evening is a great time to place food along fence lines, or in trees for our nocturnal wildlife. Fruits like apples, pears and bananas are favoured. Fruits are best cut up into small pieces. Bats desperately need our help. They are the pollinators of our native trees and fruits, and without them we risk many things- including the eucalypts that koalas need to survive. They are literally starving to death and falling from the sky. If you use netting for fruit trees, we recommend Fruit Saver nets, Hail Guard or Vege Net. These nets are all white – the colour best seen by animals at night. Better yet, take the net off and allow the batties to dig in. As we say at our HQ: save the bats- save the world.

PULLOVER

Road trauma is a huge threat to wildlife. If you see an injured animal on a roadway, and it is safe to do so, we beg you pull over and check on the welfare of this animal. Move it off the road to prevent further damage if needed. Become familiar with Wildlife Rescues in your area and research their contact numbers so when you come across injured wildlife, it can be accessed by a professional and taken into proper care. If you do find injured wildlife, it is important you check your coordinates and record them. This is essential for the re-release of the animal should it survive. Animals, especially in Queensland are required to returned for release within a close range of where they were found. Check their pouch for surviving offspring. Carry a can of spray paint in the car. Mark a cross on the animal once you have checked and cleared the pouch. This notifies others that the animals’ pouch is empty.

Let's help our furry friends.