The Backyard Habitat Program is a program funded through the Council’s Sustainability Levy.
The Backyard Habitat program is designed to support residents who live adjacent to bushland as well as others who would like to create native habitat gardens on their own property.
Your garden can be a vital link and haven for our wildlife! The contribution of your garden is another important step in improving wildlife and biodiversity in the Lane Cove region and is greatly valued.
Although Lane Cove has 90 hectares of bushland, it has been dissected into small pockets. By connecting these isolated pockets of bushland with fauna friendly backyards, wildlife corridors are created. This is essential to the ecological connectivity of our lcoal environment.
Join Lane Cove's Backyard Habitat program and receive:
- Free advice on how to create a native garden specific to your site. This involves a one on one consultation at your property followed up by a written report.
- Free native plants from the Council nursery.
- An information pack about the environment where you live, its flora, fauna, biodiversity and conservation.
- How to manage weeds more effectively.
- Local native plants lists for a bush friendly backyard.
- How to manage residential gardens in ways that do not harm bushland.
- Follow up consultations and plants.
- Invitations to native garden design talks and other relevant workshops.
How do I join the program?
If you’re interested in joining or receiving more information about the Backyard Habitat program contact 9911 3654 or via email
Download the Backyard Habitat registration form and survey here
Spaces are limited and bookings are essential. You must also complete and return the Regsitration form and 5 minute Fauna Survey prior to receiving a consultation.
Upcoming Backyard Habitat Workshops and other talks.
Planting Local Native Species
Use the Plantfile search to find out what plants are most suitable for your garden. It includes many local native species and some exotic non-invasive plants. Don't forget to consider factors such as soil type, plant height, water usage, aspect and so on when searching the database
A great way to select local indigenous plants suitable for your garden is to use Plantfile, Council's online database!
More Backyard Habitat information
Here are some useful links for some great information to get started:
Birds Australia Guidelines
Royal Botanic Gardens
How to build a frog pond
Growing the Native Plants of Lane Cove by Judy Messer
In planning for a frog pond, make sure you have consulted with your neighbours – frogs can cause a lot of noise and unreasonably impact on those around you. Swimming Pools as a general rule cannot be converted to a frog habitat without Council approval, so check first, in addition any Swimming Pool needs to comply with the Swimming Pools Act, in regards to safety barriers and fencing.
Wildlife friendly gardens
Plant selection is important in attracting native animals to your garden. Use a variety of plant types (from trees and shrubs to clumping plants), a number of different plant species and leave some undisturbed areas.
Small birds need refuge from larger aggressive birds such as Currawongs and Noisy Miners. Plant dense and spiky shrubs to provide safe nesting sites.
Possums prefer mature trees with hollows. Keep possums safe from predators by planting dense shrubs underneath, so they don’t have to come down to the ground.
Lizards enjoy basking on sunny sandstone outcrops, rocks and logs. Plant dense low shrubs and groundcovers nearby to provide some refuge.
Frogs prefer dense, moist low shrubs and groundcovers near clean water, with logs, bark and rocks nearby to shelter under.
Build your own Wildlife nest box: This helpful guide encourages community to build boxes for species which need it most and provides information to construction quality nest boxes for wildlife for years to come.
Click on the links below for further information on:
Bird identification: www.birdsinbackyards.net
Frogs and frog habitat: www.frogs.org.au or www.frogsaustralia.net.au
Written information is currently available for residents about: