Habitat for Wildlife™

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Any landholder can join Habitat for Wildlife, urban, rural, farm or lifestyle block. Show you care about our wildlife by joining and providing some wildlife habitat on your land.

Urban areas can be very important habitats and by connecting isolated pockets of habitat wildlife corridors are formed. These are vital connections for many species of birds and animals, enabling them to move from one area to another.

Become a part in restoring our urban landscapes - both the beauty and health of our environment. Make our landscapes a habitat not only for humans but also the wildlife that we want to connect with.

The project offers urban landholders information and support to conserve and improve habitats for wildlife. We aim to bring neighbours together in protecting their own backyards, local reserves and parks. There are no meetings to attend. Whether you own or rent a house, unit or flat you can do something for our native birds and wildlife: simply providing some water for them to planting your whole area with suitable native plants. Put up your sign and tell your friends and neighbours.

For more information:

Ph: 02 4349 4756
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Post:  Habitat for Wildlife PO Box 149 Ourimbah 2258

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Benefits of the program:

  • Information about wildlife friendly gardens
  • Membership Certificate
  • Natural Connections folder packed with information about improving your garden for native wildlife and birds
  • Information on the Great Eastern Ranges Initative and how you can help
  • A sign to put on your gate or fence to tell your friends and neighbours that you are a Habitat for Wildlife member. They might like to join too.

Anywhere in NSW you can REGISTER ONLINE

Or if you are in the Central Coast LGA you can download a docHabitat for Wildlife Membership Form (Word) or pdfHabitat for Wildlife Membership Form (PDF) and send it to us via fax or email.

Burnum Burnum’s Wildthings: Sainty G, Hosking J, Abell P, Jacobs S & Dalby-Ball M, Sainty and Associates Pty Ltd, Potts Point, revised ed 2000, ISBN 0 646 39879 2

A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia: Menkhorst P & Knight F, Oxford University Press, 2001, ISBN 0 19 550870 X

Field Guide to Australian Birds: Morcombe M, Steve Parish Publishing, Archerfield, 2000 ISBN 1 876282 10 X

Insects of Australia: Hangay G & German P, Reed New Holland, Frenchs Forest, 2000 ISBN 1 876334 41 X

Australian Reptiles and Amphibians: Cronin L, Envirobook, Annandale, 2001 ISBN 0 85881 186 3

Name that Flower: The Identification of Flowering Plants, Clarke I & Lee H, Melbourne University Press, 1987, ISBN 0 522 84335 2

Field Guide to Australian Wildflowers: Greig D, Newholland Publishers, Australia, 1999 ISBN 1 86436 334 7

The Australian Native Plant Gardener’s Almanac: Blay J, Wildlife Presentations, Normanhurst, 1994, ISBN 0 646 18124 6

The New Native Garden: Designing with Australian Plants, Urquhart P, New Holland, Sydney, 1999, ISBN 1 86436 749 0

Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney: Robinson L, Kangaroo Press, revised 2nd ed 1998, ISBN 0 86417 639 2 (updated edition available)

Intimate Secrets of a Flamboyant Gardener for an eco-driven, pest-free, weed-free, no-mow garden: Corbett B, Kangaroo Press, Roseville, 2002, ISBN 0 7318 1143 7

A Grower’s Guide to Australian Natives - Trees, climbers, flowering shrubs, ferns, palms and groundcovers for every situation: Hanks M, (Better Homes & Gardens) Murdoch Books, Sydney, 2001, ISBN 1 74045 048 5

Australia’s Beautiful Wildflowers: A complete guide to our stunning native plants, Ed. Moody M, FPC Magazines, Double Bay

Garden Companion to Native Plants: Selecting, Planting and Caring for over 400 Australian Native Plants, Seale A, Reed Books Australia, Kew, 1988, ISBN 0 7301 0511 3

Native plant or weed? Pick the difference: Loughran A, NSW Dept Primary Industries, Tocal, 2006, ISBN 0 7313 0598 1

Australian Native Plants: Propagation, cultivation and use in landscaping, Wrigley J & Fagg M, Reed New Holland, Sydney, revised & updated 2001, ISBN 1 876334 30 4

Native Plants of the Sydney District: An Identification Guide, Fairley A & Moore P, Kangaroo Press, Roseville, 2nd ed. 2000, ISBN 0 7318 1031 7  

Amphibian Research Centre
The Amphibian Research Centre was established as a centre dedicated to research and conservation of Australia's unique frogs. They provide expertise in all areas of frog knowledge including captive breeding and research and education. http://www.frogs.org.au  

Atlas of NSW Wildlife (BioNet)
This atlas contains recorded sightings of plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and endangered invertebrates in New South Wales. It does not contain records of fish. Use the search form to find recorded sightings and maps of plants or animals in a particular area.

Australian National Botanic Gardens

Australian Museum Online – Australia’s Biodiversity

Australian Plant Society – Central Coast Group
Members are dedicated to the appreciation, propagation and cultivation of Australian native plants.

Backyard buddies
Backyard buddies are the native animals that share our built-up areas, waterways, backyards and parks. Backyard buddies are also the people who value native animals and plants, and want to protect and help them.

Birds in Backyards
Birds in Backyards is a research, education and conservation program focusing on birds and the urban environment. Get involved by becoming a member and taking part in our online surveys. Learn about how you can create bird-friendly spaces in your garden and local community. Find out more about Australian birds and their habitats. http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/

Central Coast Council

Central Coast Indian Myna Action Group
Dedicated to the control of this insidious introduced species that is devastating our natural wildlife. We hope you find this site informative and useful and welcome your support.

Conservation Volunteers Australia

NSW Environment, Energy and Science Home Page

Department of Agirculture, Water and the Environment
The Australian Government Department of Agirculture,Water and the Environment (formerly the Department of the Environment and Heritage) develops and implements national policy, programs and legislation to protect and conserve Australia's natural environment and cultural heritage.

Greening Australia- Native Seed Services
If you collect or store native seed, or are involved in propagating, planting or direct seeding of native plants, Greening Australia's website will be a useful tool for you.

Flora for Fauna
Bring your garden alive! Attract native birds, butterflies and other fauna to your garden

Frog and Tadpole Study Groups of NSW
We are a society of people based in New South Wales, Australia, who have a genuine interest in frogs and tadpoles. FATS Group members span a wide range of interests - naturalists, herpetologists, pet keepers, professional scientists and private people with a desire to learn more about frogs and our environment. It is our mission to increase the awareness and appreciation of the natural world. This site provides all sorts of information dealing with frogs and our group activities. Learning about frogs is also fun, and as this page shows, opens a door to a fascinating corner of the natural world. http://www.fats.org.au  

Fungi Map

Greening Australia
Greening Australia works in partnership with landholders, the community, government and business to tackle environmental degradation in a practical, apolitical, scientific way.

How to Propagate Australian Plants

Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority
The Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority is your connection to better managing the land, vegetation and water resources within your catchment. The CMA plays a vital role in managing a unique and diverse 37 000 square kilometres of the east coast of NSW—from Taree in the north, to Gosford and the coastal lakes of the Central Coast in the south, and from Newcastle in the east to the Merriwa Plateau and Great Dividing Range in the west.

Hunter Region Botanic Gardens

Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia
The Hunter Wetlands Centre offers a range of activities for all ages.

Landcare Online
Landcare is a uniquely Australian partnership between the community, government and business to 'do something practical' about protecting and repairing our environment. More than 4,000 volunteer community landcare groups - including bushcare and urban landcare, rivercare, coastcare and sustainable agriculture groups – are tackling land degradation in every corner of Australia.

Lake Macquarie City Council Home Page

National Parks and Wildlife Service
The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is part of the Department of Environment and Conservation - the main government conservation agency in New South Wales, Australia.

Native animal fact sheets
This page has fact sheets about some well-known native animals in NSW – as well as a few species you may not have heard of. The list of fact sheets is sorted by title and species. 

Natural Heritage Trust
The Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) was set up by the Australian Government in 1997 to help restore and conserve Australia's environment and natural resources. Since then, thousands of community groups and organisations have received funding for environmental and natural resource management projects.

Nature Conservation Council of NSW (NCC)
The Nature Conservation Council of NSW (NCC) is the peak umbrella organisation for over 120 conservation and environment groups in New South Wales, Australia.

Natural Resources Home
The Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry is responsible for activities which enhance the natural resource base on which our portfolio industries rely by:

  • developing national initiatives to address issues of sustainable resources management and use
  • conducting research to build an information base and encourage information-sharing, and
  • administering programmes that promote widespread adoption of sustainable natural resource management practices.


NSW Department of Primary Industries – Weed Control Handbook
This handbook has been compiled as a guide for weed control in non-crop, aquatic and bushland situations in NSW.

Northern Beaches Council Environment Section
Northern Beaches Council provides a range of facilities, programs and information to develop community awareness and encourage participation.

WWF- Threatened Species Network (TSN)
Working with the community to stop plants and animals from disappearing is what the Threatened Species Network (TSN) is all about. TSN is a partnership between WWF-Australia and the Australian Government. We have people on the ground right across Australia working with community groups and other conservation partners to help stop the declining numbers of our native plants and animals, particularly those listed by Australia's state and federal governments as threatened.

Weeds and Pest animals information
Information sheets describing simple weed removal techniques which can be used in bush regeneration projects.

hfwOur local lifestyle is worth celebrating. Our unique mountains and bushland, our creeks, lakes and beaches – all the room to move – we have it all.
But if we lose sight of the relationships between people and nature many of the things we value will be threatened.

Whether in urban areas or rural, everyone can play a part - join the growing number of landholders that are looking after their land as habitat.

It’s so easy to do - you can start by finding out about local wildlife, suitable plants for your garden and how you can help protect and restore bushland habitats.

CEN is here to help - we can provide information and advice to help you create Habitat for Wildlife in your backyard or Land for Wildlife on larger properties.


Or if you are in Gosford or Wyong LGA you can download a docHabitat for Wildlife Membership Form (Word) or pdfHabitat for Wildlife Membership Form (PDF) and send it to us via fax or email.


Habitat for Wildlife

  • Register On Line - Show your support, receive a sign and kit. Available to rural and residential property owners with any size property.- click here
  • Habitat for Wildlife in Gosford, Wyong, Lake Macquarie - click here

Contact details

CALL 02 4349 4756

FAX 02 4349 4755

PO Box 149 Ourimbah NSW 2258

The Manor, Central Coast Campus
University of Newcaste
Brush Road Ourimbah