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November 22, 2006, 4:55 pm betterhomesgardens
Create a fauna haven in your backyard. Here are essential wildlife contacts for Australia.
Check out the new flora for fauna website - a national initiative of Australia's Nursery and Garden Industry supported by the Federal Government's Natural Heritage Trust. Developed in partnership with the Gould League.
Download resource material and understand more about the interaction between animals and plants. You can bring your world alive - on a balcony, up and down your neighbourhood street or in the backyard!
Book: The Nestbox Book by Jim Grant shows how to create nesting boxes for birds, bats, possums and gliders. (Gould League of Victoria) $10.95 plus p&h, (03) 9532 0909.Clubs:
Website: Australian Museum www.austmus.gov.au
Attracting Birds to your Garden by John Dengate (New Holland) $32.95.Club:
http://220.127.116.11/anbg/birds.html allows you to hear the calls of many of the birds shown in this booklet.
Reptiles & Amphibians of Australia by Harold Cogger (New Holland) $104.
Green guide: Frogs of Australia by Gerry Swan (New Holland) $16.95.Clubs:
Frog and Tadpole Study Group,call 0419 249 728.Website:
www.asxfrogfocus.com includes a step by-step guide on how to build your own frog pond. Enter the word 'pond' in the blank search section.
Marsupials and other mammals
Common visitors to home gardens include the bandicoot, antechinus, echidna, wombat, native bush rat, swamp rat, feathertail glider, pygmy possum, micro bats and flying foxes.Books:
Australian Bats, an excellent guide by Sue Churchill (New Holland) $32.95.Club:
The Australian Koala Foundation runs a program which allows you to foster a koala from $15 per month. Phone (07) 3229 7233.
Butterfly Magic: Bring back the Birdwing and other butterflies to our backyards by Helen Schwencke and Frank Jordan. A guide for gardeners from north-east NSW to south-east Qld. Mail order from Earthling Enterprises, $10 inc p&h, (07) 3844 6677.Poster:
A poster featuring 10 swallowtail butterflies, their caterpillars and host plants. Available from the Butterfly & Other Invertebrates Club Inc, $12 plus $5 p&h, (07) 3206 6229.Clubs:
Butterfly & Other Invertebrates Club Inc is based in north-east NSW and south-east Old but welcomes members from around the country. Members receive book discounts. Join for $12/year, (07) 3206 6229.Butterfly Conservation South Australia offers a $10/year membership, (08) 8389 2352,
Keep an eye out for the new `Flora for Fauna' logo (not shown) due out November 2001. This initiative will help you identify plants which attract wildlife. It'll make your next visit to the local garden centre or nursery that much easier.
Other useful contactsAustralian Plants Society NSW (02) 9621 3437
National Parks and Wildlife Service (02) 9585 6444
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