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Creating a Garden for Wildlife

A garden for wildlife provides suitable habitat and food for wildlife.

Creating habitat is all about balance – plants in association with insects, birds and animals living in sync with the available soil, nutrients, rainfall, sun and site. Creating a garden in layers of leaf litter, grasses, groundcovers, shrubs and trees, will provide a diversity of food.

Plant multiples of the same species. Mass flowering of the same plants in one area at the same time is more noticeable to wildlife and provides a greater incentive for wildlife to visit, as well as creating a more natural look and feel to the garden.

Water in the garden is a valuable resource for all wildlife, include several water sources at different heights and depths.

A garden that includes each of the elements below will be a successful wildlife garden:

  • A tall mature tree, native to your area
  • A patch of natural mulch for beetles and worms
  • A clump of dense shrubs where birds can shelter
  • Nectar plants for honeyeaters
  • A cat-proof birdbath
  • A frog-friendly pond with unpolluted water
  • A warm, sheltered area for lizards
  • Daises for butterflies

Gardens for Wildlife Booklet

Gardens for Wildlife participants receive a hard copy of the Gardens for Wildlife booklet which is full of information on how to create or enhance your garden for wildlife, how to provide suitable habitat and food for wildlife and tips on how to attract wildlife into your garden. The Booklet can be downloaded via the link at the bottom of this page.

Nest Boxes

Many native animals and birds are dependent on natural hollows that develop in trees for shelter and breeding. Suitable nesting hollows are declining throughout Victoria. Trees are dying and falling over and very few trees are reaching the age at which hollows form. It can take over 120 years for suitable hollows to develop in an Eucalypt tree.

Nest boxes provide an important supplement to naturally occurring hollows in urban areas. A number of native birds and mammals that live amongst us rely on our native gardens for food and shelter, however they are unable to breed due to the lack of sufficient nesting hollows. To learn more, visit our Nest Boxes web page.

Indigenous Plant Nurseries

Indigenous plants are plants that are only found in a local area.

Knox Environment Society (KES)


  • Address Ferntree Gully Recreation Reserve, Burwood Highway, Ferntree Gully (near the Ferntree Gully Library)
  • Hours Open Thursdays: 10am-4pm, Saturdays: 10am-1pm, Sundays 10am-1pm.
  • Website kes.org.au

Southern Dandenongs Community Nursery


  • Address Birdsland Reserve, McNicol Road, Belgrave Heights.
  • Hours Open Sundays: 10am-1pm.
  • Website sdcn.org.au

Candlebark Community Nursery


  • Address Corner of Hull and Taylor Roads, Mooroolbark (Entry off Hull Road).
  • Hours Open Monday to Thursday: 9am-3:30pm, Sunday 10am-2pm.
  • Phone 9727 0594
  • Website candlebark.org.au


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