Roll out a welcome mat
Simple steps can bring wildlife to your yard, writes Jennifer Veerhuis
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.”
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.”