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Gardens for Wildlife

Could your home be a wildlife haven?

Fancy setting aside a patch of your garden to support vulnerable local wildlife? Join Gardens for Wildlife and you will receive plenty of inspiration and advice to create the perfect haven in your front or backyard for our local species of birds, butterflies, lizards or even microbats.

What is Gardens for Wildlife?

Gardens for Wildlife is a free program designed to encourage and assist Bayside residents to dedicate a patch of their gardens, patios or balconies for vulnerable native wildlife.

As our urban environment continues to grow, so do the pressures on many of our fragile native fauna species when seeking out suitable habitat, shelter and natural food sources. 

Your garden can provide a vital stepping stone or form part of a wildlife corridor for our native wildlife to travel between.

When you sign up you will receive practical advice on how you can create a habitat friendly garden to support the unique native wildlife of Bayside, no matter how large or small your garden space is.

What are the benefits of joining Gardens for Wildlife?

Participants will receive:

  • A garden habitat assessment carried out by a friendly local garden guide.
  • A copy of Live Bayside Plant Bayside, 2nd edition book containing an illustrated guide to indigenous flora and fauna of Bayside.
  • A series of habitat recipes tailored to the types of wildlife you would like to attract  in your garden.
  • A $20 Voucher to purchase indigenous plants from the Bayside Community Nursery.
  • letterbox sticker to help promote the program to your neighbours.

You will also have opportunities to meet and connect with other people interested in preserving our local biodiversity.

Bayside Gardens for Wildlife sticker logo

Registrations for 2017/18 are now full

We have now reached our limit of 50 households to receive their free Garden Habitat Assessment. You can still register your interest in the Gardens for Wildlife Program for 2018/19.

How do I register for the program in 2018/19?

If you are a Bayside resident you can register for the 2018/19 phase of garden habitat assessments. 

First step

Take a look at your current garden and see if you have any ingredients already in the recipe for a wildlife garden.

Recipe for a wildlife garden

  • One tall mature tree, native to the area
  • One patch of natural mulch for beetles and worms
  • One clump of dense shrubs where birds can shelter
  • Some Nectar plants for honey eaters
  • One cat-proof birdbath
  • One frog-friendly pond or bog with unpolluted water
  • One warm, sheltered corner for lizards
  • Some daisies for butterflies

The recipe for a wildlife garden flyer (PDF, 374.73KB)

Second step

Once you have this information, register your interest online for the second round of Garden Habitat Assessments in 2018.

Register your interest for 2018

Our Gardens for Wildlife program officer will contact you in 2018 to confirm whether you have been selected to book in a convenient date and time for your home garden assessment.

By giving us your details, you will still be able to receive correspondence and free information about wildlife-friendly gardening in Bayside.

How many gardens will be accepted?

A limit of 50 properties were selected in our first round of assessments as we are establishing the program.  We hope to be able to cater for more than 50 properties in 2018 as we grow our team of garden guides in the coming months. 

How long will the program run for?

The program will run until June 2019. At the end of this period, the success and popularity of the program will be reviewed and a decision made whether the program will be continued.

For more information

Gardens for Wildlife is a collaboration between the community, Council, the Beaumaris Community Nursery and the Friends of Native Wildlife Inc.

If you would like more information about our Gardens for Wildlife you can get in touch.


gardensforwildlife [at] bayside.com.au (subject: Gardens%20for%20Wildlife%20enquiry)


(03) 9599 4444

You can also help protect Bayside’s biodiversity by getting involved in a Friends of Bayside group on our community directory.