Indigenous plants and birds
Glen Eira is situated within the Melbourne Sandbelt region. Birds and butterflies indigenous to this area survive on indigenous plants. Below is a brief overview on how residents can help sustain local wildlife by planting indigenous flora.
What are indigenous plants?
Indigenous plants refer to plants from species found in the Sandbelt Region of South-eastern Melbourne before European settlement. It does not include hybrids. The Sandbelt region extends from the Yarra River to Frankston, between Port Phillip Bay and the Princes Highway (which becomes South Gippsland Highway).
Why should I choose indigenous plants?
An ecosystem is an interaction between its plants, animals and microorganisms with its soil and climatic conditions. Indigenous and native plants are able to provide better habitats for native butterflies, native bees, birds and other wildlife. Indigenous plants may also be better suited to the local soil and weather conditions.
How to attract native birds to your garden?
If you would like to support and attract local native birds to your garden, things you can do include:
- Create a diverse landscape with a range of heights and varieties using local indigenous or native species, for example, layer native grasses, low shrubs and large trees.
- Reduce your lawn area — some introduced species prefer a simplistic garden structure, which is open and devoid of dense shrubbery.
- Introduce water into your garden, for example a bird bath, to encourage birds to feel safe using the water. You can create a sense of security by providing protective shrubs and undergrowth nearby.
- Prickly plants such Sweet Bursaria (Bursaria spinosa) can help provide safety and shelter from predators.
- Check your roof and gutters for any holes and block them to prevent the entry of Indian Mynas, which are an exotic species that can push out native birds.
Further information, visit the Birds in Backyards website.
Found an injured animal?
For assistance with sick, injured or orphaned native wildlife, phone South Oakleigh Wildlife Shelter immediately on 0411 600 591. Remember to approach an injured animal carefully. Fear and pain can induce aggressive and unpredictable behaviour.
Which plants and birds are local to Glen Eira?
Follow the links below for some of the birds and plants found in Glen Eira: