Backyard Buddies

FNPW Project Focus:
Environment education

Project Partners

Australia wide

You might have received a call from a Backyard Buddies' telemarketer. They sell soft toys and take donations to raise funds for the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife.

But did you know that Backyard Buddies is also FNPW's environmental education program?

We say: Backyard Buddies are the native plants and animals that share our built-up areas, waterways, backyards and parks.

Backyard Buddies are also the people who value native wildlife and want to protect it.

So you can be a backyard buddy.

Visit to find out more, and to sign up to a free monthly e-newsletter called B-mail. It's about native animals you're likely to see in your backyard each month, and provides simple tips on how to make your backyard a friendlier, safer and more inviting space for native animals.

It's so much fun to see native animals up close, and there's a lot you can do to encourage them at your place.

It isn't difficult. All it takes is a few small additions, and you can see a huge increase in your very own Backyard Buddies.

Transform your backyard into a habitat haven

  • Add mulch - to encourage bugs which make great food for birds
  • Add rocks and logs - to give skinks and frogs somewhere to hide
  • Add a bird bath - as clean, fresh water will attract many buddies
  • Add a nest box - to give a great home to a bird or mammal family
  • Add locally native plants - as this provides excellent food, shelter, and nest sites
  • Add an understory - to give small birds somewhere to hide in the shrubs and plants that grow under trees but above your groundcovers
  • Add a frog pond - as frogs will love it, and other buddies will love a drink and a splash
  • Add a cat run, or keep your cat indoors - to keep your backyard buddies safe

And you don't have to do it all at once!

Your backyard buddies will appreciate any improvements you make, and it's awesome to watch your backyard evolving over time.

But one thing is for sure - if you build it, they will come.

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