Helpful hints

 

Buckets can be death traps

Buckets left unattended can quickly become a death trap for wildlife such as small marsupials, lizards, in fact anything that falls in to the bucket will be unable to get out. We have even had calls from distressed people finding small birds drowned in buckets of water.

Please ensure buckets are turned over or left on their side when not in use, buckets with water should have a rope or stick allowing any wildlife to escape.

Frogs are often found in nappy buckets still alive hanging on to nappies just out of the water, however the frog will have sustained nasty chemical burns from the nappy solution. Please put a lid on buckets such as these.

 

 

 

SWIMMING POOLS

Many native animals lose their lives in swimming pools. This can easily be avoided by draping a rope into the pool so the animal can climb out. All native animals can swim, but will soon become exhausted and drown if they have no avenue of escape.

 

 

 

WATER TANKS

It can be very distressing by the time you realise you have had a native animal in your water tank, as usual it is when the water is contaminated.

To make sure this does not happen, check your inlets regularly and ensure inlets are covered with adequate wire.

Animals will access the tanks for water, but will of course be unable to exit.

 

 

 

CHIMNEYS AND FIREPLACES

As the cooler weather approaches, please check chimneys before lighting the fire in your fire place.

Also it is a good idea to cover the flue opening on the roof with wire to stop a native animal investigating.

A native animal may have taken shelter in the chimney, looking so much like a hollow log, Possums, Gliders and many bird species use hollow logs as homes.

Bush fires, cutting down of old trees that often have hollows are all contributing to native animals seeking shelter in unusual places.

 

 

 

SNAIL BAIT & INSECT SPRAYS

Snail bait does not only kill snails, it will kill anything that eats it, including your dog or cat, if you do have to use it, please make sure it is done in a responsible manner.

Often problems such as too many snails in the garden is a result of the ecosystem breaking down, you can change this with very little effort.

If you have been using sprays, baits or any other form of poison in your garden, you have most definitely upset the natural balance, STOP using any form of poison.

Create a site for compost in a part of the garden if possible, here you can put all garden, kitchen waste, even cardboard and old newspapers. You will find that is a very short time not only will you have great soil, but you will also have birds coming to investigate your compost digging through looking for worms and bugs.

The birds will also take care of insects and pests in the garden, you will have a balance back of insects that will now take care of unwanted bugs etc. It may take a season, but it is well worth the effort, and also great watching nature at its best.

 

 

 

Let’s not rubbish our wildlife

All sorts of rubbish left behind, or left lying about the yard and not considered harmful, can and does injure wildlife and other animals. How we responsibly dispose of rubbish can help prevent severe injuries and death to inquisitive or hungry critters.
Unfortunately carers recieve a large number of calls to rescue birds injured by, or tangled in, fishing line. Rather sad really, considering it is a preventable injury, which occurs generally from neglect. If you do go fishing, please be alert and pick up any discarded line you may see lying about and dispose of it responsibly.

It is not just along the coast that this sort of injury happens either; recently a local Tawny frogmouth was rescued well away from the coast, with a rusted fishing hook embedded in its leg. Thankfully, after minor surgery to remove hook and 9 days in rehab, carer Alicia was able to release this bird back into the wild, where it had come from.

Almost all of us use plastic milk or cordial bottles, these have a round plastic seal around the top. How we dispose of this small ring can be the difference between life and tragic death for unwitting wildlife.

Before disposal, cut it open with scissors so it no longer poses a threat to wildlife as seen here in photo. This Magpie was lucky, it was found before starving to death, many do not fare so well and they succumb silently, in agony and out of sight.

Drink cans are also deadly traps, when thoughtlessly discarded, snakes are one of many species that can become trapped while exploring the inside of the can. If a snake slithers its head through the opening, it may be unable to get it back out, as its scales do not bend backwards and can keep it pinned at the neck.


Plastic bags, the bane of modern society, are seen along almost every roadside; many of these end up in our waterways entangling turtles and platypus or wash out to sea causing untold damage to many aquatic creatures and slow death to marine mammals by compromising them in many ways.

Let us not forget the dreaded orchard netting, often seen as discarded piles about yards or sheds, when no longer needed, or loosely draped over fruit trees and veggie gardens, to protect plants. Many creatures get tangled up in the netting, suffering constriction, dehydration and starvation, it’s not pleasant to find an animal in this condition.we ask everyone to be diligent about the responsible removal of unused or unnecessary netting from around their property, and please urge others to do likewise.

Glass from empty bottles, left behind and broken by time, can cut the feet or mouths of unsuspecting wildlife, when running or grazing. Unfortunately, they cannot go to the doctor for stitching, bandaging and antibiotics, so many suffer infections that can be fatal, or are crippled, inhibiting their ability to survive.
Sounds depressing? It need not be, if we only spare a thought for the other creatures we share this environment with, by cleaning up after ourselves, or after others less responsible.


 

 

 

 

SWOOPING MAGPIES

 

In springtime Magpies are known for swooping at people, in fact, anything that moves close to their nest. They are protecting their eggs or young from intruders, this usually only occur after they have had a bad experience,and they will forever more perceive anyone and anything as an intruder.

The simplest way to solve this would be to avoid the area for a short time whilst they are nesting. If this is not possible, you could walk on the other side of the road, wear a hat or have an open umbrella above your head. ( This is not for hitting the bird, but for you're protection)

When we realise why these birds react like this, we may have a better understanding and tolerance, would we be any different in similar circumstances?

Relocation is not an option, the young in the nest would no longer have the parent bird to feed and protect them, you would also not really solve the problem as another Magpies would move in to the territory almost immediately, and you could start the whole process over again.

Magpies are territorial and a relocated bird have very little chance of survival out of its home territory.

 

 

 

SNAKES AND DRY WEATHER

Snakes require water as does all animals. In dry weather snakes will seek water in places they would normally not frequent such as a dripping tap at your back door, your toilet could also be seen as a place to have a drink for a thirsty snake as could any source of water close to or inside your house.

How easy would it be to put out dishes of water on your fence line, giving wildlife such as snakes the ability to have a drink without the need to come into your house or too close for comfort?

Remember if putting out water for wildlife you MUST change the water daily in order to keep it fresh.

 

 

 

POSSUM IN THE ROOF

You hear noises at night in your roof, it is keeping you awake and you want it gone.

Fact is that possums go not stay inside your roof at night, they are outside from dusk till dawn in search of food. They return just before the sun comes up and sleep the day away. Noises in the roof at night is usually rats or mice.

You have seen a possum leave your roof so you know for sure it is a possum up there. Possums do no damage in your roof, they do not eat the wires, and seldom defecate where they sleep, we have had possums in our roof for a very long time and enjoy seeing them come and go. They do no damage and use our roof space to sleep in safety. Consider the plight of these animals. They use hollow logs for shelter, but how many old tress are around your area with hollows ? So a roof space seems the obvious choice when needing shelter.

If you absolutely have to evict a possum please do so with some thought to where will the possum go once it can no longer use your roof. You can put up a possum box in a tree nearby, please make sure it is sheltered from the midday sun. It must be at least 3-4 meters above the ground in order to keep out predators. Call your nearest wildlife care organisation for help and advice as possums such as Ringtails will need a different home to the Brushtail possums.

How to make an easy possum home is shown here.

So how do you discourage the possum out of your roof once you have put up a new home for the animal.

Strong lights in your roof will discourage it from coming back in, possums are nocturnal and do not like strong light. Once you know for sure the possum is out you must close of the gaps that the possum used as entry to the roof. Good thing about the lights is that you can see where the openings in the roof are by the light shining through at night. Lights must be on 24 hours until the possum has gone.

Always check before closing of the gaps, you would not like to find you had left a young joey imprisoned within the roof space.

 

 

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We would also like to acknowledge the amazing support and help we have had from the Lismore Vet Clinic who have been an invaluable support to both us and the native wildlife of this region.


All native birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles are proteced under the Wildlife Act 1975, they may not be captured or harmed in any way without an authority issued under the Wildlife Act.