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Indigenous plants and birds

Glen Eira has a diverse range of indigenous plants and birds in Glen Eira, all of which need special care.

Completed in 2018, our Biodiversity in Glen Eira Report (PDF, 3MB) explores the concentration of our biodiversity, and what threatens and sustains it. We also developed an Implementation Plan (PDF, 401KB), which maps out how we’re addressing the report’s recommendations.

What are indigenous plants?

Glen Eira is part of the Sandbelt region of south-eastern Melbourne. Indigenous plants refer to plants from species found in this area before European settlement, excluding hybrids.

You can help sustain local wildlife by planting indigenous plants. They provide better habitats for native butterflies, native bees, birds and other wildlife.

Download our Indigenous plants of Glen Eira booklet (PDF, 4MB) for more information.

How do I attract native birds?

If you’d like to attract native birds to your garden, you could:

  • create a diverse landscape using indigenous or native species, such as layer native grasses, low shrubs and large trees
  • reduce your lawn area, as some introduced species prefer a simple, open garden structure without dense shrubbery
  • introduce water, like a bird bath, to encourage birds to feel safe.
  • create a sense of security by providing protective shrubs and undergrowth.
  • add prickly plants to provide safety and shelter from predators
  • block any holes in your roof and gutters to prevent the entry of Indian Mynas, an exotic species that can push out native birds.

For more information, visit the Birds in Backyards website.

I’ve found an injured animal

If you need help with sick, injured or orphaned native wildlife, phone South Oakleigh Wildlife Shelter immediately on 0411 600 591. Remember to approach injured animals carefully, as fear and pain can cause aggressive or unpredictable behaviour.


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