Gardens for Wildlife
June 2015

Gardens for Wildlife
Free Plants

Your ‘Gardens for Wildlife’ membership package includes 10 free wildlife friendly plants and 10 free tree guards 
to be collected from Barung Landcare's Maleny Nursery.

The nursery's current plant list is available as a download 


         Greetings, Gardens for Wildlife Members,

As announced in our last email, the long awaited Gardens for Wildlife fact sheets have now been printed. You can collect yours by bringing your membership card to the Porter’s Lane nursery or the Barung office in 38a Coral St. New members will receive their packs when they join.

The first ten topics covered are:

We hope you find the notes informative and don’t forget to let us know of other subjects you would like covered. A note on bird baths is on the way to supplement that on Water Features.

The fact sheets proved very popular at Maleny Garden Club’s “Gardening on the Edge” recently, with more than 30 packs of notes sold for the non-members price of $5. Our display in the Maleny Showgrounds Pavilion generated a lot of interest in Gardens for Wildlife as well as some new members and plenty of tubestock sales.  

Happy gardening for wildlife.

Joan Dillon


The focus was on Attracting Birds to your Garden at the recent Gardens for Wildlife workshop at the Hinterland Business Centre in Maleny.
Plants provide birds with food, shelter and protection, nesting material and nest sites. Eric Anderson gave some valuable pointers for the provision of these resources in our gardens:
Food – plants provide food for birds both directly and indirectly. Many provide nectar that is rich in high energy sugars. Others rely on birds to disperse their seed and the reward is in the form of energy-rich fruit. The seeds of plants such as wattles and grasses are also eaten by a range of birds. Plants also provide habitat for insects that are eaten by birds and are rich in protein; insects are a significant part of most birds’ diet. 
Shelter and protection – The thickets of understorey vegetation are important habitat elements for many bird species, particularly the smaller ones.
Nesting  – Nests need to be robust, provide good insulation and be well camouflaged. Materials needed include sticks, bark, grass, spider web, lichen and moss. Typically 70% of eggs produced by birds are eaten by predators. so there is a high demand for concealed nest sites such as can be provided by thick understorey vegetation and spiky shrubs. 
Providing water – Birds need fresh water but are vulnerable when they are drinking or bathing. Birdbaths need to be in dappled shade, beyond the reach of cats. Replace the water and clean the bath regularly. Dense shrubs should be available nearby to allow birds to escape if threatened.
Feeding birds – It is much healthier for birds to obtain natural food from our gardens than to be fed directly by people. If you want to feed, make it an occasional treat (for you and the birds), rather than a daily event. Only use native seed mixes rather than bread or sunflower seed. 

A wealth of information was exchanged at the Gardening to Connect Habitat workshop . Thanks to Paul Barnes for the loan of his wildlife friendly garden and his great observations of what birds are feeding on. By planting a lot of fruit-bearing native plants, Paul now enjoys many of the birds that hang out in the nearby Mary Cairncross Reserve.

The Gardens for Wildlife Butterfly workshop was enjoyed by an enthusiastic group in March.
Helen Schwenke shared her wide knowledge and encouraged everyone to engage with host plants and the caterpillars as much as the butterflies. Her book 'Create more butterflies' is available from the Barung Landcare office.

Don't forget to check for upcoming events and workshops on Barung's events page:

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