Can you find all the different spots you can nurture nature at your place?
Design your garden for sustainability
Take a step back and think about how your garden can meet both your needs and those of local wildlife. You can provide a home for native birds, lizards, and insects with a native garden that, once established, can be low maintenance.
Think about how you use the space. A small front lawn could be planted with low native plants that let light in and are easy to care for. Mulching helps reduce the number of weeds and the need for watering over summer.
Make a lizard-friendly garden
Try some of the following to encourage native species in your backyard:
Add native plants to your garden
Bring the bugs to the yard
- Many of our native insects have short tongues and prefer small flowers
- Try planting muehlenbeckia, hebe, or cabbage trees
- Leave layers of vegetation and leaf litter in your garden
Make a habitat for native birds
Create a lizard-friendly garden
A garden that's good for you
Make your garden good for you as well as for nature.
Plant a herb garden or fruit tree
Protect wildlife from threats
Protect native wildlife in your neighbourhood by controlling pest animals and weeds in your backyard.
Join a local trapping group
Rat proof your compost
Try a worm farm instead
Get rid of weeds
- Weeds can quickly take over your property and our protected green spaces
- Some weeds take several rounds of removal –keep up the effort!
- Plant a native plant instead
Share your nature discoveries
We're always finding new species living in Wellington. Use iNaturalist to record your observations of special species you find outdoors. If you’re not sure what something is, other users can help identify it for you.
You can also join a volunteer monitoring programme:
Garden bird survey – Landcare Research