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Learn to live in harmony with our native creatures.

Do You Have Possums in Your Roof?

Possums are protected in NSW and catching possums without a licence is illegal.

To keep possums out of your roof:

  • Turn on a bright light in the roof cavity until the possum leaves, then block access
  • Place a possum house in a tree nearby.

Are Brush Turkeys Building a Mound in Your Garden?

Brush turkeys can be beneficial to gardens as they feed on insects and grubs that can cause disease and decimate gardens. Their scratching at the earth also aerates the soil, allowing vital nutrients to return.

If a brush turkey visits your garden in late winter/early spring, it may be looking for a good place to build a mound. Once it has started building, it is extremely difficult to stop them. It is useless removing a mound as it will rebuild it in the same spot, often within the day.

To deter brush turkeys from building a mound, take precautions before it starts building, such as:

  • Attract the bird to a less valuable area of your garden by building a compost mound in a shady spot
  • Peg chicken wire or a tarpaulin over your mulch pile to stop the birds using the matter for their mound
  • Keep compost in a closed bin
  • Place rocks around precious plants
  • Replace mulch with gravel on garden beds

Do You Want to Attract Frogs to Your Garden?

Build a frog pond and don’t use herbicides and pesticides.

Bandicoots in Your Garden?

Bandicoots are beneficial to gardens as they aerate the soil and eat garden pests. You can encourage bandicoots into your garden by providing a habitat for them such as native shrubs and ground covers and by keeping pets locked up at night.

Bandicoots have been linked to ticks and Salmonella Java. If you want to keep bandicoots out of your yard, build a bandicoot fence using fine galvanised wire or mesh that has gaps not larger than 20mm. Bury the mesh into the ground to 150mm. The height of the fence needs only be 500mm above ground. Alternatively, leave an outside light on as they avoid bright light, or place blood and bone around your garden as the smell is a deterrent.

Injured or Orphaned Animals

If you find an injured or orphaned native animal, call a wildlife rescue organisation straight away.

In the meantime...

  • Place a towel or blanket over the animal and gently place it in a box (cover the top) if it is safe to do so. Put the box in a warm, quiet, dark room.
  • Remove any threat to the animal - keep cats and dogs away.
  • Handle the animal as little as possible to minimise stress.
  • Do not give it food or water.

Volunteers from wildlife organisations are specially trained to look after various native animals including birds and reptiles. They will look after the animal until it is ready to be returned to the wild. It is against the law to keep native animals taken from the wild.