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Backyard Habitat Program


Please be advised that the Backyard Habitat Program is not taking on new consultations at this time.

The program will be taking on new consultations in the new year 2023 or otherwise advised.

If you are an existing participant of the program and wish to order some native tubestock, please make your request to Lane Cove Council's Community Nursery Supervisor by emailing:

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Creating Backyard Habitat book is packed full of everything you need to know about designing a garden for local wildlife as well as creating spaces to enjoy.

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 local 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 Registration form and 5 minute Fauna Survey prior to receiving a consultation.

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


In planning for a frog/fish pond, make sure you have consulted with your neighbours as frogs can cause a lot of noise which may unreasonably impact on those around you.


When establishing a new frog/fish pond there is no need to have this registered as a swimming pool provided that the definition of a swimming pool is not triggered. In particular, unless you are converting an existing swimming pool to a frog or fish pond, a newly constructed frog or fish pond must not have:


A water depth of more than 300mm; and

A surface area of more than 10 square metres.

The area should also not provide for the proliferation of mosquitoes or result in overflow water to be directed to your neighbour’s property.


When considering a swimming pool to frog/fish pond conversion or the establishment of a new frog/fish pond, it is essential that you consult Council’s town planning staff before undertaking any work.


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:

Frogs and frog habitat: or

Australian Brush-turkeys

Written information is currently available for residents about: