In urban areas people will encounter wildlife all the time. Remember that these animals are not pets and should not be treated as such. Feeding wildlife can cause them health problems and disrupt their natural behaviour. If you attempt to handle wildlife you could be hurt or accidentally hurt the animal. If you see an injured animal, contact a wildlife carer who is trained to manage the situation.
Attracting Wildlife To Your Garden
You can attract wildlife to your garden by providing water, nesting boxes and planting native plants which can provide both habitat and food.
Visit the Gardens for Wildlife page to pick up ideas about how you can create a wildlife-friendly garden.
Protecting and Caring for Wildlife
Everyone can help to protect and care for wildlife. Wildlife Victoria has some very useful information about how you can protect and care for wildlife such as providing alternative habitat and shelter. For instance, in the heat of summer, think about placing water in your backyard because it can be a lifesaver for wildlife. Ensure you place it out of reach of pets so wildlife have safe access.
However, never feed wildlife. There is nothing we can feed wildlife that can adequately replace their own natural diet.
Wildlife Friendly Netting
If you have fruit trees or a veggie patch, local native animals might be keen to share your harvest with you. If you would prefer to keep your produce to yourself, wildlife friendly netting must be used. Wildlife friendly netting has a mesh of 5mm by 5mm and should be attached to a frame to keep it taught. If a bird or fruit bat lands on the netting, it should be able to push off without becoming entangled. More information about wildlife-friendly netting is available at animalwelfare.vic.gov.au/netting or by calling 136 186.
Living Close to Wildlife
There are a number of things you can do so that our native animals are not disturbed when you get close to them.