David and Paula Rowlands from ANARRA are helping spread the word with these helpful tips on how to minimise harm to native animals. Have you considered all of these ideas around your home?

  • In dry times, put out flat shallow containers of water. Many birds and even koalas drown in swimming pools, livestock water troughs and just simple things like buckets of water. Make sure you have something to enable a creature to exit water such as thick rope fixed and in the corners of the pools, a fixed stick or star picket in livestock troughs and a stick in buckets of water. Many councils have regulations on this.
  • Replace barbed wire with plain wire. Particularly the top and bottom wire. Many animals get caught in barbed wire including gliders, flying foxes, koalas etc.
  • Please don’t use rat bait. Use humane wire catch traps, available from produce and hardware stores. These are much cheaper in the long run and don’t risk poisoning non target species such as owls, reptiles etc.
  • Don’t use sticky bait traps. These are incredibly inhumane, and can cause massive suffering and injuries to wildlife if captured.
  • Fruit tree netting – If you can stick your finger through it, it’s too big and could trap flying foxes and parrots. Use poly pipe bows to fix netting from the ground to the top of the tree and make sure it is tight.
  • Keep large trees and shrubs away from your house to reduce the fire and storm risk, but leave some of your property to nature, such as vegetation corridors along your boundary fence and gullies. Keep understory intact or replant with local native species.
  • Slow down when driving between dusk and dawn, when most wildlife is active.
  • Reduce the use of pesticides and herbicides. 
  • Reduce the use of chain wire on an entire boundary fence. If you have a dog, consider making a run for them to allow wildlife to traverse your property safely.
  • Keep dogs and cats inside at night.
  • Consider putting a “shoo-roo” device on your car to deter macropods when driving. 
  • Many birds die from impact on glass windows and doors. They are flying adjacent from foliage and see there reflection as a continuum of the foliage. Please stick Stiggles on your glass.
  • If you find injured, sick or orphaned wildlife, call ANARRA on 5484 9111.