Wildlife in our area is precious and beautiful. We watch birds in Grevillea trees,
Bottlebrushes and other native shrubs they are searching for their natural food,
Kookaburras dive to the ground to pick up lizards or crickets, Magpies foraging
around looking for worms and other insects, most days you might hear baby birds
calling for their parents to feed them. At night Possums and Gliders can be found
in tree’s eating leaves, insects, pollen, nectar and sap. If you’re lucky to find
a Glider you might see it glide from tree to tree. Most days you might see a Wallaby
or Kangaroo that may come to feed on grasses close to your home.
the last week it has rained enough for native plants to bloom and grow so there’s
food for our wildlife to feed on, without us interfering with nature. Lately we
had calls regarding, what foods to feed possums? Even though wildlife may come
to your back verandah or into your yard, we advise the best thing to do is let
native animals feed themselves, they know which plants and shrubs are correct
for there diet.
we interfere with there diet native animals and birds don’t get the correct nutrients
that their diet requires. By feeding possums may be cutting their life span down
from 10-12 years to approximately half. Possums also make a nuisance of themselves
to your neighbors, your neighbors class these as pests, this is created by feeding
CANNOT be relocated and it is illegal for anyone to remove a possum from its territory.
Each possum have its own territory, if it is moved into another area, that possum
will be killed by other possums and predators – foxes, owls, dogs, and cats.
let nature feed itself, the weather has encouraged growth of our native environment
so there plenty of native food.
If you where to place bird seed out for the birds its very important to choose
the correct seed, please be aware that black sunflower seed and sunflower seed
alone is very bad for any bird, its very fatty and unhealthy for them it would
be like eating fish and chips for dinner every night.
Bread, honey and sugar is another thing that is VERY bad to feed any animal, if
its not found in a native environment it will harm an any native animal.
appropriate seed is Small Parrot Mix which is available from local produce stores.
It is a fantastic mix of seed and grains, we do suggest to only give a small amount
every few days.
When feeding from a bird feeder it is suggested to have the feeder up high, the
same is suggested for leaving out water, as feeding birds makes them an easy target
for cats, dogs and hawks.
remember to wash it out nightly, many bird disease are being spread through bird
feeders, please don’t leave seed in it overnight as seed is very harmful to possums,
it will cause bloating and their belly may swell up and this can be fatal.
feeding birds it can also make them dependent on you and a nuisance to your neighbors
and if you go away or move house they may starve.
wildlife carers have attended rescues where a bird had been feeding on a bird
feeder, and been startled they have flown into windows, this can cause serious
beautiful Rainbow Lorikeet is from the parrot family; their diet consists of nectar,
not bird seed, nor bread, sugar and honey.
have a brush at the tip of their tongue so they can scoop out nectar, if they
eat seed this bristle becomes damaged and they are unable to get nectar from native
of the time these birds come into care with bad vitamin deficiencies and feather
damage this is from eating seed.
If you want to feed Rainbow Lorikeets purchase a nectar powder from your local
produce and pet shops.
The best way to encourage native animals and bird to your yard is plant native
shrubs. We all love to watch birds and possums, if we can keep it that way by
not feeding them, they will be healthier and live longer in there natural habitat.