Land for Wildlife
A positive way of looking after your habitats is to join the Land for Wildlife Scheme. This is a voluntary no cost way of recognising your commitment to wildlife habitat. You receive technical and educational support from a regional extension officer, an informative notes series and the schemes newsletters, the Land for Wildlife news.Members are welcome to attend field days and are informed of incentive programs as they arise.
To qualify for Land for Wildlife status a property must contain either existing remnant habitat or the landholder must be making an effort to create habitat on their property. Once an assessment is completed and you become a member a sign is issued which recognises your commitment to wildlife habitat.
Becoming a Land for Wildlife member does not alter your property rights in any way, it is a self-governed opportunity to contribute to sustained biodiversity through habitat protection.
Wildlife habitat on private land can be crucial in contributing to the survival of native plants and animals, particularly in areas where landscape change has removed or significantly altered habitat. Retained habitats can also provide important links between properties and larger park or reserves. There are also many benefits to farming through reduced erosion, provision of stock shelter and in some cases reduced salinity, thereby increasing the land value and creating a more aesthetically pleasing environment.
Statewide Land for Wildlife Coordinator: Peter Johnson PH:54304358
- Elspeth Swan (03) 5336 6722 (Municipalities of Pyrenees, Ararat, Golden Plains, Ballarat, Hepburn and Moorabool).
- Felicity Christian (03) 53620753 in the Horsham district.
Barwon South West
- Peter Johnson (03) 5430 4358 in the Geelong, Colac, Warrnambool, Heywood & Portland areas.
- Dave Smith (03) 57611514 Alexandra, Benalla, Wangaratta, Wodonga & Upper Murray Areas
- Kylie Singleton (03) 5172 2123
- Faye Bedford (03) 5152 0400 Bairnsdale & Orbost
- Graeme Tennant (03) 5430 4414 Bendigo area
- Peter Johnson (03) 5430 4358 inc. Geelong & Colac Areas
- Land for Wildlife Questions and Answers
- DELWP - Biodiversity Interactive Map
- DELWP - Land for Wildlife home page inc. application form.
- Natural Habitat Highlights - activities, updates and information to help you manage your land for wildlife.
- Newsletter of the Land for Wildlife program, Spring/Summer, Vol. 12. 1. 2016 - pdf
- Newsletter of the Land for Wildlife program, Winter Vol.11, 1, 2015 - pdf
SWIFFT video conference talks related to Land for Wildlife
- Threatened species conservation on private land
- Habitat enhancements
- Moths & butterflies conservation
- Bat ecology & conservation
- Biodiversity conservation in urban and fringing landscapes
- Conservation of remnant trees in rural environments
- Wildlife on farms