About Us

Habitat Stepping Stones is a non-profit initiative developed at Macquarie University.

The Habitat Stepping Stones website makes it easy for you to find beautiful food, water and shelter elements to add to your backyard or balcony to create a habitat stepping stone for local wildlife.

We’ll show you specific plants for your local area, so choose your council first to see the plants that will be most helpful to your own local wildlife. If your council isn’t included on our list, it means it hasn’t yet joined the Habitat Stepping Stones program. Let them know you would like them to join up!

See Angus Stewart from ABC TV’s Gardening Australia talking about the Habitat Stepping Stones program in the 2-min video below.


The Habitat Stepping Stones program has been invited as a partner in the IUCN's #NatureForAll global movement, and is showcased in their international Success Stories .



Nominated Finalist: Blue Star Sustainability Award for Habitat & Wildlife Guardianship


Winner: 2015 National Trust Heritage Award for Conservation of Natural Landscape


Finalist: 2015 UN World Environment Day Award – Sustainability Education

The Habitat Stepping Stones project has been designed and developed by the Australian Research Institute for Environment and Sustainability (ARIES) at Macquarie University.

  • Food
  • food
  • Low plants
  • Medium plants
  • Tall plants
  • Water
  • water
  • Bird baths
  • Water features
  • Ponds
  • Shelter
  • shelter
  • Rock / Brush piles
  • Nest boxes
  • Shelter plants