Native Backyard Habitat Construction with Michael Smith

What to Bring

  • Sturdy, enclosed footwear
  • Rain jacket/hat/sunscreen depending on weather
  • Water bottle
  • Optional to bring: Gloves, gardening mask, hand trowel, binoculars, camera

What to Wear

  • Casual, clothes you don't mind getting dirty

Native Backyard Habitat Construction with Michael Smith

About This Class

Class Schedule

  • This workshop will run from 10AM - 4PM

What You Will Learn

  • Biodiversity
  • Building techniques
  • Identify habitat features

What You Get

  • Skills to embark on your own project
  • Chance to build/practice on a real project


Biodiversity may be the single most important issue of today. Without biodiversity providing services for ecosystems and us ‘humans’ the continual degradation of land and our general well – being will continue. The more obvious services  are water filtration, composting, shade, pollination and predation of nasty bugs. However, that's just scratching the surface. Although, one may think that reserves and national parks provide enough habitat, most of the biodiversity in Melbourne is found on private property. As a result, providing habitat for animal biota in your backyard will allow healthy populations to survive. Often these habitats might only be on a smaller scale, but when connected (corridors) with neighbouring properties they provide large areas for birds and other animals to play in. Within this work shop, you will learn about biodiversity through the following activities:

• An interactive presentation: outlining biodiversity examples and ecosystem services

• A  walk around the Merri Creek: identifying habitat features

• Construction of habitats: Learn how to construct habitats in your own backyard for bees, frogs, insects and lizards. During the construction, you will learn how to make insect motels, frog ponds, insect habitats and lizard lounges

• Reconvene to discuss ideas on how you can spread the word about biodiversity

CERES members and concession holders are entitled to a 10% discount. Enter "ceresmember" under the promotion and gifts code field.

*Please note that the CERES member or concession discount does not apply to "Bring-A-Friend" tickets which are already discounted

Trainer Bio:

Michael Smith is a trained ecologist who currently works in bush regeneration, wildlife monitoring and habitat engineering. He has also worked as a research assistant at a university on such subjects as biocontrol and plant growth. His passions are community involvement and teaching the importance of biodiversity.

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