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.
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.
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.
make sure this does not happen, check your inlets regularly and
ensure inlets are covered with adequate wire.
will access the tanks for water, but will of course be unable to
CHIMNEYS AND FIREPLACES
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.
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.
fires, cutting down of old trees that often have hollows are
all contributing to native animals seeking shelter in unusual places.
SNAIL BAIT & INSECT
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
we realise why these birds react like this, we may have a better
understanding and tolerance, would we be any different in similar
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.
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.