Grow a garden for wildlife

A new ‘Urban Wildlife Gardens’ program will help suburban residents turn their gardens into Wildlife havens, providing essential habitat for native wildlife.

Similar to the ‘Land for Wildlife’ concept for larger properties, ‘Urban Wildlife Gardens’ is designed for suburban residential blocks, townhouses and units.

Being delivered by Noosa Integrated Catchment Association (NICA) with funding from Noosa Council the Urban Wildlife Gardens program aims to engage the community and help landowners create native gardens that will increase biodiversity on their property and promote enjoyment and awareness.

“As residents we have a duty of care to provide a safe environment for the diverse wildlife in the Biosphere that we call home,” NICA’s Stephanie Haslam said.

“Human development has severely fragmented the natural environment, and while Noosa Council has secured a lot of land for wildlife protection, the creatures that are moving between our gardens and protected areas are at risk. Native gardens and even patios can provide a sanctuary for birds, frogs and other fauna.”

The program will be launched at Dame Patti Park, Sunrise Beach at 11am on Saturday, 21 September and residents who are interested in the program are invited to come along.

For a one off fee of $30, participants will receive a visit by Program Coordinator Michelle Newall, who will identify residual native plants and explain the area’s original natural vegetation. She will also identify invasive weed species which could be removed and give general advice to make gardens more wildlife friendly and answer questions.

All participating gardens will receive a sign, designed by local artist Suzanne Bloomfield, four free plants and a folder of information tailored to your garden.

To register your interest, visit http://noosariver.com.au/urban-wildlife-gardens/

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