Wildlife in the Garden

The life in your garden


Many people appreciate having native wildlife present in their gardens, and choose to develop them to create habitat for species as our native birds.

Gardens that follow a few basic design principles will encourage a diverse range of fauna to come, and bring your garden to life. 


‘Ecologically a little untidiness is not necessarily a bad thing’

i)          Leaving some leaf litter, fallen twigs and branches, will provide habitat for small creatures such as lizards and insects, increase soil organic matter, and soil organisms.  Try not to disturb your garden too much when tidying up, and minimise intensive pruning and weeding.

 ii)         Provide varying structure and composition in the garden – trees, shrubs, and ground covers – with foliage of different colours and textures, and different flowering and fruiting periods.  Native birds require and use a range of native plants throughout the year, having a variety native plants in your garden will encourage some migratory birds to visit and local resident species to remain.

iii)        The availability water is important for maintaining birds in the garden. Ideally, water containers should be easy to clean, shallow and be at ground level.  Place a small branch just over the water or a stone for birds to perch, and replace with fresh water regularly.

iv)        Native wildlife will be more likely to visit established gardens with non-native plants (exotics), if you include native plants amongst existing plantings.  The planting of local native species benefits both flora and fauna.

v)         Consider insects! Insects are a primary food source for many native birds, lizards, frogs and other small animals, having feeding and breeding habitat for them is important.  Inclusion of native plants in the garden will encourage for example the presence of native bees, hoverflies, and damselflies.  Butterfly species may be increased by planting their preferred larval food plants, such as native daisies and everlastings.

vi)        Native grasses are important as feeding and breeding habitat too.   

For futher information contact Riverina Wildflowers.

A Little About Us

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Riverina Wildflowers Native Nursery is owned and managed by Mike Schultz. Specialising in the production of Australian native plants suited to the home garden, urban and rural landscapes, and revegetation and rehabilitation using local provenace species.

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