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Backyard Habitat Program



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 through urban development. 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.

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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.

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

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.

Download the Backyard Habitat registration form and survey here

Further resources 

Here are some useful links to organisations and advice about wildlife and creating habitat in your garden:

Birdlife Australia:Safe havens for birds

Birds in Backyards

Backyard Buddies: How to build a frog pond

Local Land Services: Build your own wildlife nest box

Habitat Network resources

Frog and Tadpole Study Group

Frogs of Australia

Australian Brush-turkeys

The following resources are particularly useful to residents living adjacent to bushland: