Plant to support native wildlife
Whakatō tipu hei tiaki i ngā kīrehe ake o te puihi
Wildlife are animals that are living in their natural habitat.
This includes your usual backyard and garden visitors:
- native birds
Native wildlife is under threat
Our native wildlife is under threat due to loss of habitat through urban development.
Finding shelter and food becomes harder for them when gardens are turned into car parks, for example.
Why wildlife is important
Wildlife creates a balanced ecosystem.
When their habitats are restored, they can pollinate flowers, help control pests and increase biodiversity.
What you can do
Restore your backyard to create a habitat for animals like skinks and geckos and provide food for native birds.
- Understand your garden environment - know where it gets wet, dry, sunny or windy.
- Plant native trees and shrubs.
- Plant with locally sourced plants.
- Do not leave big gaps between plants to prevent weeds from growing.
- Mulch around plants to help soil moist.
- If you have a stream on your property, plant on the banks.
- If you suspect there are pest plants or pest animals, see Pests and weeds for more information.
|Plant to support birds||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/environment/plants-animals/plant-for-your-ecosystem/Pages/plant-to-support-birds.aspx||Plant to support birds||Introduce biodiversity on your property by planting to support native birds.||aspx|
|Plant to support insects||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/environment/plants-animals/plant-for-your-ecosystem/Pages/plant-to-support-insects.aspx||Plant to support insects||Find out how to plant to support the insects in your garden.||aspx|
|Plant to support lizards||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/environment/plants-animals/plant-for-your-ecosystem/Pages/plant-to-support-lizards.aspx||Plant to support lizards||Find out how to plant to support the lizards in your garden.||aspx|
|Natural environments of the Auckland region||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/environment/plants-animals/plant-for-your-ecosystem/Pages/natural-environments-auckland-region.aspx||Natural environments of the Auckland region||Natural environments and ecosystems support different plants and animals.||aspx|
|Plant for pollination||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/environment/plants-animals/plant-for-your-ecosystem/Pages/plant-for-pollination.aspx||Plant for pollination||We depend on plant pollination to produce the different foods we eat. Find out how to make your garden more appealing to visiting pollinators.||aspx|
|Plant with locally sourced plants||https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/environment/plants-animals/plant-for-your-ecosystem/Pages/plant-locally-sourced-plants.aspx||Plant with locally sourced plants||If you want to restore your garden or backyard, use native plants sourced from local seeds. This is called ecosourcing.||aspx|