Wildlife in the Yarra Ranges
Yarra Ranges is home to more than 300 wildlife species. Larger animals such as the Powerful Owl, Superb Lyrebird and Eastern Grey Kangaroo can often be seen close to residential areas.
There are many things you can do to attract wildlife to your garden, but please remember NOT to feed native animals, especially birds. This can lead to many health problems.
Below you'll find useful information on what to do if you find injured wildlife, how you can attract native wildlife to your home and why you shouldn't feed them.
Watch out for swooping birds
Make sure you watch for swooping native birds protecting their nests and young during breeding season. Common swooping birds include magpies, mudlarks, kingsfishers and kookaburras.
DSE can provide you with lots of useful information about dealing with swooping birds, including a map so you can work out the swooping hotspots in your area to avoid. Simply follow the link on this page to find out more.
Helping Injured Wildlife
If you come across injured, rescued or orphaned wildlife please contact one of the following wildlife organisations who will care for the animal:
Help for Wildlife
PH: 0417 380 687
PH:1300 094 535
Attracting Wildlife To Your Garden
There are a number of things you can do to encourage wildlife to your garden, including:
Remove weeds and plant indigenous plants
Maintain a birdbath
Create a frog pond or small wetland
Put up wildlife boxes
Provide safe areas from predators such as foxes, cats and dogs.
Keeping Wildlife Wild
We all love to see native animals in our garden, but it's important to remember NOT to feed them. Feeding wildlife, including birds, can do more harm than good.
For more information on why you shouldn't feed wildlife, please visit the Department of Sustainability and Environment at www.dse.vic.gov.au or call 136 186