Found some amazing native species on your land?
There are many fun and creative ways to encourage native species to move in and share your property. Here are some ideas:
Get involved in the ‘Land for Wildlife’ program
This program encourages participation of landholders who own properties with half a hectare or more of native bush land. The properties can be agriculture land or small blocks of bush. This is completely free and with no effects on the property title. The ‘Land for Wildlife’ program links landholders with like-minded people, provide useful information and invitations to workshops. More information and expression of interest form: www.cen.org.au/projects/land-for-wildlife
Contact your local Landcare group
Landcare adopts a community based approach to habitat management and restoration helping to improve the sustainability of agricultural and other activities. Get in touch with your local Landcare group for access to interesting workshops (e.g. weed management, pest management) and learn more about weeding and planting. For more information or to find your local landcare group, please visit: www.landcarensw.org.au
Initiate your own habitat improvements
You will be surprised how simple steps could make huge impacts on the habitat and environment. Books can be a useful resource for the ‘Do-It-Yourself’ enthusiasts. The books listed below contain some good information on ways to improve habitat for wildlife and learn more about wildlife on your land:
“Survey Techniques for Citizen Scientists” – Grainne Cleary, Geetha Ortac, Kirsten Proft and Margot Law
Survey Techniques for Citizen Scientists is a comprehensive survey guide for any Citizen Scientist. The Manual has been created by the team at NPA and contains a wide range of survey techniques. Topics include: monitoring, terrestrial mammal survey methods, bat survey methods, reptile and frog survey methods, bird survey methods, vegetation survey methods, invertebrate survey methods, marine survey methods and equipment.
“What Makes a Good Farm for Wildlife?” – David Lindenmayer
This book brings together extensive scientific learning on what makes a good farm for biodiversity. Based on thirteen years of intensive research, it breaks the discussion into chapters on key environmental and vegetation assets and then discusses how to make these assets better for biodiversity.
“Scats, tracks and other traces” – Barbara Triggs
This book contains hundreds of illustrations and is organized in an accessible format for easy identification of the visible traces left by Australian mammals in their passage. The author provides all the information needed to identify mammals anywhere in Australia, using only the tracks or other signs these animals leave behind.
Start your own citizen science monitoring
We’ve put together a set of tools for you to start your own monitoring on your property – check it out on our ‘Citizen Science Tools for Landholders‘ page.
Have you detected pest species on your property?
Pest species have significant impacts on our native species. While habitat improvement initiatives can encourage a variety of native animals to move into your property, managing pest species is important to sustain their populations. So, what can you do?
Contact your local council or government agencies for information and assistance
Local Land Services (LLS) – NSW Government
LLS provides advice on pest plant and animal management and focuses on building the knowledge and skills of landholders and the community. You can join Feral Fighters, an initiative developed by SE LLS, which seeks to strategically target feral species through community coordinated baiting and control programs.
For more information, please visit: http://www.lls.nsw.gov.au
Your local council is often a great starting point if you decide to uptake pest management efforts on your property. They would be able to point you in the right direction and discuss the various options available to you. Informing yourself about the various pest management methods helps to improve your understanding and hopefully consider pest control.