The City of Randwick is fortunate that more than 200 species of terrestrial mammals, birds, reptiles and frogs are still represented in, or regularly visit, our City.
What is a native haven?
Our Bushland Management Team is responsible for linking and protecting native flora and fauna on public and private land through Council's Native Havens program.
A native haven is a natural setting that provides food, water, shelter and nesting sites for native wildlife. By providing a variety of food sources as well as vegetation textures and layers, we can adequately address the habitat needs of a range of animals, including birds, lizards, frogs, possums, butterflies, native bees and beneficial insects.
As well as the benefits of increased wildlife, native havens require less maintenance and use less water as they are better adapted to local weather patterns.
Receive free advice and plants through our Native Havens program
Council's Native Havens program promotes the use of native flora in suburban backyards, as well as at non-public areas such as schools. With a focus on increasing habitat protection and conservation, the program is designed to provide tailored advice and support for local residents, schools and community groups. Council's knowledgeable Bush Care Officers will work with you to encourage the conservation of local plants and animals in backyards, school yards and other area, and will visit the site in question to offer advice and solutions on how to achieve your desired outcome.
As part of the Native Havens program, residents will also receive up to $100 worth of plants from the Randwick Community Nursery.
How to get involved in Native Havens
To find out how you can become a part of the Native Havens program and receive free expert advice, contact Council's Bushland Management Team on (02) 9093 6683.
The changes to our natural habitat has allowed some introduced animal species into our urban environment. Some animals are considered pests because they compete with native species for food and habitat, including our domestic pets because they will eat small native lizards and birds, or at least disrupt the behaviour of the native critters in our streets, parks and reserves.