Natural resources management at home
There are many ways you can get involved in natural resource management at home.
Plant a local native garden
Local native species are plants that would naturally occur in your area. These have a range of benefits, including:
- low maintenance
- drought tolerance
- minimal watering requirements
- providing food and shelter for local fauna.
Planting local native species in your garden is a way of increasing bushland connectivity.
Non-native plants in your garden can potentially ‘jump the fence’ and become problematic environmental weeds in your neighbourhood.
Backyards for wildlife
Contrary to popular belief, native plants can be attractive, with various shapes, colours and densities, and with the right species you can have a flowering garden all year round. They are easier to grow than introduced plants and are better for the environment, providing habitat for native birds, butterflies and lizards. They are also naturally adapted to suit our conditions, being low maintenance, drought tolerant, requiring minimal water and no fertilisers or pesticides.
Check out the Creating a wildlife friendly garden booklet and Designing a native garden fact sheet. These resources describe how to create habitat to attract native animals into your backyard.
Alternative native garden design fact sheets are also available for:
**If you see Flying Foxes (aka fruit bats) in your neighbourhood (around greater Adelaide), please call (08) 8336 0926 or email FlyingFoxWatch@sa.gov.au to report their location.
Living with wildlife
Native animals are wild animals, whether they live in natural areas, such as parks and reserves, or in our own back yards. We encourage a living with wildlife approach to sharing your home with wildlife such as birds, lizards, frogs and more.
Be water wise
Check out SA Water for tips on saving water around your home and in your garden.