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Here is a great 40 minute lesson plan to teach kids about all the life that's in and on a tree.

Lesson Plan - Life of a tree

Invertebrate Guide

Bug Guide

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Insect Observation Sheet

Want some quick, easy steps to bring butterflies to your outdoor space? Download our info sheet

Australia has around 400 species of butterflies, but how do you attract these beauties to your garden?

1. Butterflies love the sun, so if your garden is shady give it a prune.

2. Butterflies are looking for a sugar hit, so plant nectar rich flowers such as flannel flowers, kangaroo paw, bottlebrush, banksia, eucalypt, tea trees, wattle and angophoras.

3. Plant native violets to attract larvae.

4. Place a shallow dish of muddy water so butterflies can gain essential salts.

5. Place flat rocks for butterfly sun baking.

6. Avoid using pesticides.

Garden and wildlife lovers know the joy of tending to their plants and seeing the rewards of increased birds and native animals in their outdoor space.

There is growing research which backs up this feeling of happiness we get when we connect to nature. More than 100 studies have shown that being in nature, living near nature and even the act of viewing paintings, pictures and videos of nature have positive impacts on our wellbeing. Research also shows that this exposure does not have to be over an extended period, a short amount of time will also do the trick. That's great news!!
Insects play an important role in pollution, so encouraging them to your garden or outdoor space means you are helping our environment. According to the Australian Museum, 65% of all flowering plants and some seed plants require insects for pollination. Insects are also a food source for our birds, lizards, frogs and spiders.
Insects lay eggs on plant leaves, under groundcover, bark, leaf litter and fallen branches. They will also lay eggs in aquatic plants. Leaf litter, bark and mulch are also home to ground level bugs and they help retain carbon and moisture in the soil.
Many gardeners prefer to allow leaves to decompose naturally, rather than rake or sweep them but if this is not your gardening style or leaves create a safety issue, then raking into piles is a great way to create nesting spots.