How Gardeners Can Be Champions For Wildlife

What to Bring

  • Notebook and pen

What to Wear

  • Sun smart casual clothes and comfortable shoes

How Gardeners Can Be Champions For Wildlife

About This Class

What You Will Learn

  • How to develop habitat in your garden for local species of birds, butterflies and frogs;
  • The link between your garden and its local environment; and
  • The role of biodiversity in strengthening environmental resilience.


This is the first in a series of Training Forums offered by Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA) focusing on how gardeners can benefit the environment surrounding their gardens and will be launched by SGA's patron Jane Edmanson.

A garden is not an island. All gardens are integrally linked with their surround environments and the local flora and fauna species they host. The design of our outdoor spaces, the green infrastructure they contain and our ongoing gardening practices critically affect the biodiversity of life within the environment.

Join in a discussion with guest speakers and an outdoor tour of habitats at Edendale and learn practical actions you can take to improve a gardens’ connection with the environment in providing habitat, food and shelter for beneficial species of birds, butterflies and frogs driven from their homes by human activity.


  • Forum Opening: Jane Edmanson - SGA patron, ABC's Gardening Australia;
  • Birds: Meghan Cullen -  Education and Conservation Officer, BirdLife Australia;
  • Butterflies:  Patrick Honan - Manager Live Exhibit, Museum Victoria; and
  • Frogs: Craig Cleeland - Author of Frogs of Melbourne, consultant to WWF Frogs initiative, published frog researcher, teacher, and wildlife photographer.

Post Forum Summary

Indigenous wildlife is under constant pressure from the steady progress of urbanisation but every gardener can play a role in being a “Champion for Wildlife”. At this forum we learnt about the threats to our indigenous bird, butterfly and frog populations and the consequences of inaction also how we can play a role in helping native wildlife by providing shelter, food, water and habitat in our gardens. The presenters outlined how to landscape gardens appropriately and what plant species to include.

Key messages

  • Research the needs of the fauna in your area
  • Plant for shelter and food, structure and diversity
  • Provide artificial shelters where nature’s shelters have been removed
  • Provide a source of fresh water
  • Avoid using pesticides wherever possible
  • Keep predator pets like cats indoors or in a run.

In addition to being a “Champion for Wildlife” you will be able to sit back in your garden and enjoy the beauty and diversity of nature knowing you have made a positive contribution to the environment.


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