Local residents are being invited to take part in a free workshop to learn how to turn their garden into a wildlife haven at Harrington Park on Saturday, 18 June.

The Backyard Wildlife Workshop, presented by Bush Mates and the Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living, will guide participants on how to attract and protect their local wildlife whilst maintaining the aesthetics of their gardens.

“In the face of increasing urban expansion your backyard can act as an oasis for animals as they move through the landscape providing them with essential shelter, food and water,” says Margot Law, National Parks Association of NSW’s Citizen Science Officer.

“Encouraging wildlife into your backyard, such as butterflies and birds, can be as simple as keeping your pets indoors, planting natives or building a bird bath. Every bit helps.”

Bush Mates is an initiative run by the National Parks Association of NSW’s (NPA) to help South West Sydney’s residents to establish a respectful and sustainable relationship with their local wildlife and bushland.

“Habitat loss is the biggest threat to the survival of our native species and we are currently losing more and more every day. Any habitat you can create in your backyard can help make a real difference towards securing the future of our plants and animals.”

Bush Mates is run in partnership with Greening Australia, WWF Australia, The University of Sydney, Camden Council and Greater Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and WWF.

“The workshop will cover a range of topics to help you create an eco-friendly backyard including gardening with native plants, which species to expect in your backyard and how to create habitat for native wildlife. We also have plenty of beautiful and colourful native plants to give away on the day as well as discounts towards the purchase of your own nestbox,” says Ms Law.

The event will be held on 18 June in the Community Room at the Harrington Grove Country Club in Harrington Park from 1.30 – 3.30pm. For more information and to RSVP visit www.bushmates.org.au/events

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