Moorabool Shire is fortunate to have great diversity of wildlife, many of which are regularly seen in our townships and urban areas.
Following are a few examples of species known from gardens in Moorabool, which you can make spaces for in your garden.
Birds Australia have information on how to create places for birds. Providing bird habitat also provides habitat for other species https://www.birdsinbackyards.net/places
Favourite features: Small, nectar-rich flowers plants including grevilleas and correas.
New Holland honeyeater
Favourite plants: grevilleas, correas and banksias nearby dense vegetation so that they can hide from larger more aggressive birds
Red wattle bird
Favourite features: Areas of abundant nectar including large flowering eucalypts and banksias.
Favourite features: Attracted by nectar, berries and seeds. Readily utilise nesting boxes when in suitable areas.
Favourite features: taller vegetation with a leafy canopy. Feeds by picking insects from leaves in the tree tops.
Favourite features: cool, dense vegetation with plenty of insects and grubs.
Superb fairy-wren (blue wren)
Favourite features: prickly, and dense low-growing shrubs that keep them safe from cats. Feeds on open ground and mulched areas.
Tawny frog mouth
Favourite features: larger trees to shelter in during the day.
Favourite features: loves to eat grass seeds. Try letting your ornamental native grasses go to seed to attract this species.
Favourite places: often found on the edges of deeper waterbodies, however they can also sometimes be found when digging in damp soil
Favourite places: shallow waterbodies, wetlands and marshes. More likely to be closer to water than some other species
Ewings tree frog
Favourite places: shady, cool and damp areas of gardens. Can sometimes be seen hunting insects around outside lights in the garden.
Spotted marsh frog
Favourite places: As the name suggests, this frog likes boggy, grassy areas. Particularly with tussock grasses, such as Poa.
Garden benefits: The larvae of hover flies eat aphids and the adults pollinate flowers
Blue banded bee
Attracted by: flowering plants in sunny positions. Especially blue and purple flowers.
Does not live in a hive, instead they make individual burrows in clay.
Attracted by: low-growing flowering plants that offer nectar.
Attracted by: standing water-bodies with aquatic vegetation. Larvae live in the water and adults hunt mosquitoes.
Favourite features: dense, tall shrubs where they can build a nest out of sticks and leaves.
Favourite features: Tall trees with hollows (or boxes) for nesting in.
Favourite features: Large hollows, nest boxes, or roof spaces for sleeping in during the day. Feeds on a wide variety of leaves, flowers and grubs.
All lizards need the shelter of low-growing shrubs and grasses to feel secure. As they are cold-blooded, they need sunny areas on the ground (such as some exposed rocks) to lay on a warm up. Here are some species you may see in this area:
Three lined skink