Protecting native animals

Native havens for plants and animals

What is the Native Havens program?

The Native Havens program has been designed to help residents and schools plan, create and maintain a native habitat garden which supports local plants and animals.

Why is this important?

Most of the native bushland in the Randwick City area is in large reserves that aren’t connected to each other. Urban development has broken up these areas. This creates small pockets of bushland and reduces the amount of available space for native plants and animals to thrive. Your garden can become part of a connective corridor that expands the amount of native bushland to support local flora and fauna and ensure their continued existence.

Why get involved?

We’d like to help you turn your garden into a haven for our native animals. Native gardens are a great learning experience. They are drought-hardy requiring little water and maintenance once established. Schools have the opportunity to enhance their grounds whilst educating and involving their students and residents can become the envy of their neighbourhood.

How can you create a Native Haven at home?

Through the Native Havens program, Council will:

  • Give you free design advice for your property or school
  • Supply native plants from Council’s Community Nursery
  • Provide advice and support to help establish and maintain your garden

Please note: Although Council provides support and some materials they will not undertake any labor work. Program availability is dependent on the schedule of Council’s Bushcare Officer.

Want to know more?

If you are interested in the Native Havens program please contact Council via email at

What to do if you find sick or injured wildlife?

If you find sick or injured wildlife please call WIRES (1300 094 737) or Sydney Wildlife Rescue (9413 4300). If safe to do so remove any threat to the animal's welfare, including keeping people and pets away to minimise stress to the animal, while waiting for a rescuer to arrive. Wherever possible it is best to leave native animals in the wild. If the sick or injured animal is safe to contain (e.g. birds), gently contain the animal and keep it in a warm, dark, quiet place such as a covered cardboard box along with a blanket or towel. Do not offer any food or water unless advised by a wildlife rescuer or vet.

Struggletown Veterinary Hospital (148 Barker St, Randwick - 9398 8000) provides free first aid for sick and injured wildlife in association with the above wildlife charity groups. Please call the vet before transporting the animal to them.

Last Updated: 24 October 2022
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