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1.00 – 4.00 pm, Saturday 7th March,

Edendale – Community Environmental Farm



Forum Opening

Jane Edmanson – SGA patron, ABC’s Gardening Australia


Meghan Cullen – Education and Conservation Officer, BirdLife Australia


Patrick Honan – Manager Live Exhibit, Museum Victoria


Craig Cleeland – Author of Frogs of Melbourne, consultant to WWF Frogs initiative, published frog researcher, teacher, and wildlife photographer


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.

Some 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.