Habitat Stepping Stones is an Australia wide, non-profit initiative, developed at Macquarie University.
Our project helps you find food, water and shelter elements to add to your backyard, balcony, work or outdoor space in order to create a habitat stepping stone for local wildlife.
It's easy for you to bring wildlife to your outdoor space!
Just pledge online to add 3 or more habitat options to your place, and we'll send you a colourful plaque for your front fence! In the FOOD, WATER and SHELTER sections below, we showcase many habitat options, including birdbaths, nest boxes and specific plants that are beneficial to wildlife by providing nectar, seeds, shelter or nesting materials. We make sure the plant selection includes plants of varying heights, to promote habitat diversity, and also a range of flowering/fruiting/seeding times, to maximise biodiversity outcomes.
Note: If you have an existing garden which includes non native plants, we aren't expecting you to remove these plants. Habitat Stepping Stones is about adding water, native plant food and shelter elements to link wildlife corridors.
See Angus Stewart from ABC TV’s Gardening Australia talking about the Habitat Stepping Stones program in the 2-min video below.