Backyard Biodiversity

The Shire of Mundaring is in a biodiversity hotspot and residents have lots of options to enjoy nature. There are wildflowers and native animals in our national parks, local walk trails, nature reserves, and bushland on private property. 

Biodiversity means the natural variety of living things, including plants, animals, and fungi. Different areas or ecosystems will naturally contain a range of species that rely on each other.  Even once the landscape has been changed by people and development, biodiversity can be maintained if there are enough connections between natural areas.


Backyard Biodiversity Video

Shire staff worked with local filmmakers Simon Cherriman and Isaac Walton to make a 5-minute video to showcase ways to improve backyard biodiversity. We hope you enjoy it and find something to try to support wildlife at your place.  If watching this with children, please talk about watching native animals without disturbing them, and asking before borrowing tools. 

To find out more about nest boxes, see Simon Cherriman's guide to Nest Box Sizes and Instructions or the Land for Wildlife note, Nest Boxes for Wildlife.  Nest boxes bought online from the eastern states or overseas may not suit our local animals.

You can learn more about native animals from Backyard Buddies, the WA Museum Boola Bardip, Perth Zoo, or the Perth Hills Discovery Centre.



Planting for Success Video

Green thumbs keen on planting native seedlings can grow their gardening knowledge online thanks to another video from the Shire of Mundaring.

Presented by local landscape architect and radio host Sue McDougall together with Shire of Mundaring environmental officer Tracey Bell, 'Planting for Success' provides budding gardeners with easy-to-follow instructions that will see their seedlings thrive.

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