Roll out a wel­come mat

Sim­ple steps can bring wildlife to your yard, writes Jen­nifer Veer­huis

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Un­be­knownst to many home­own­ers, there’s a hid­den world of Aus­tralian wildlife in their own back­yard. Look closely at the pal­ings of your fence, you might just see a lizard or if you step out­side at night a pos­sum might be peek­ing at you from a tree.

One way to dis­cover more about the na­tive wildlife fre­quent­ing your own yard is with Back­yard Bud­dies, an ini­tia­tive by the Foun­da­tion for Na­tional Parks and Wildlife.

CEO Ian Dar­byshire says some of the most com­mon crea­tures that visit our back­yards are pos­sums, kook­abur­ras, fly­ing foxes and even bandi­coots.

“In some ar­eas of the coun­try you can also get frogs and rep­tiles in­clud­ing shin­gle back lizards. You can even get sugar glid­ers in Syd­ney, and in sub­urbs around the na­tional parks you can get wal­la­bies and bush wal­la­bies and even the odd bush turkey and koala.”

Get­ting prac­ti­cal

The Back­yard Bud­dies web­site pro­vides tips on how to at­tract na­tive crea­tures at home.

“The big ben­e­fit is get­ting younger peo­ple in­ter­ested in con­ser­va­tion and un­der­stand­ing how fan­tas­tic our na­tive species are, yet how frag­ile they are,” Ian says.

“We have a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion and we’re putting a lot of pres­sure on our na­tive an­i­mals. Some will adapt to back­yards but we have to help them.”

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