Good Bushland Neighbours

Page hero image Are you a Good Bushland Neighbour? If you live close to bushland there are a range of things you can do to help Newcastle's bushland thrive.
  • Keep your backyard in your backyard. Dumping lawn clippings or green waste in bushland will spread weeds and can create a fire hazard
  • Why not compost your green waste at home in a compost bin or worm farm or use your green bin
  • Leave the bush in the bush. Do not remove dead trees, logs or branches from reserves as these are often homes for our local wildlife
  • Remove any invasive weeds from your garden and replace them with local natives. They require less water and attract native birds and animals to your garden
  • Keep you cats and dogs out of the bush as their instinct is to hunt native wildlife
  • Stay on all designated tracks when using bushland areas and take all your rubbish away with you.

Microbat activities

When people think of bats they usually think of flying foxes. Unlike flying foxes microbats use echolocation to see. They are little creatures weighing between 2 and 170 grams depending on the species. They eat a whole range of insects including mosquitoes, beetles, moths and cockroaches. They can sometimes be seen fluttering around street lights. As part of Council's Good Bushland Neighbours program we will be running a range of microbat related activities including walks & talks, bat-box building and school workshops in 2015. Keep your eyes peeled for dates and times in the coming months.