Living Connections

Birds and person holding living connections plant kit

Since 2019, Council has been delivering the Living Connections program, with funding from the NSW Environmental Trust. Working together with 160 private gardens, three schools, Council reserves and community gardens, this program has successfully supported links across the Bronte and Tamarama habitat corridors through the creation of small bird habitat and biodiversity friendly gardens.

Participating residents received expert garden advice and native plant seedlings of different heights, structure, and flowering times. Over 5000 seedlings were planted, including Westringia fruticose; Correa alba; Phebalium squamulosum; Baeckea linifolia and Melaleuca nodosa.

Program participants have reported increased knowledge about identifying small birds and their habitat, as well as an increase in insects and small animals visiting their gardens. Over time, as the new plants mature, we hope to track an increase in key local species such as the Superb Fairy Wrens and New Holland Honeyeaters.

Many participants have gone on to add further native plants other vital habitat elements to their gardens, such as bird baths, mulch rocks and logs, using information and guidance developed through the program.

Building on this success, Council is now working to open the Living Connections program across the whole Local Government Area. Keep an eye out next year for how to apply!

Living Connections is not just connecting habitat - many participants have reported new connections and conversations with neighbours because of their Living Connections fence sign and new gardening activity!

Read more about some of the Living Connection Participants and their gardens.

Tips for a small, bird-friendly garden

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Want to learn more?

If you're interested in learning more about small birds and creating habitat to help them thrive, read these Second Nature articles:

Need more information?

Vicky Bachelard
vicky.bachelard@waverley.nsw.gov.au

   

This project has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.

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