Backyard Projects

Turn yourself into a bona-fide eco-warrior with these eco- projects and activities!

Create a Wetland

Wetlands are a haven for native wildlife, such as dabchicks. Photo: Mike Foster

Wetlands are a haven for native wildlife, such as dabchicks. Photo: Mike Foster

Create a wetland in your backyard, and you’ll quickly become popular with your feathered friends. Dabchicks, Grey Teal Ducks and Shovellers are just some of the birds you could attract to your property. 

Protecting, restoring or even creating a wetland can involve quite a lot of work initially, but once established, it will pretty much take care of itself – and add significant aesthetic and environmental values to your property. More


Worm-tastic!

Worm-tastic!

Build a Worm Farm in your Backyard

The humble worm does great things with their digestive system, by turning organic waste into a nutritious organic tonic for your garden plants. Toe nail clippings, vacuum cleaner dust, crushed egg shells – they’ll eat it all. More


Tui, Photographer Glenie Lambert

Tui, Photographer Glenie Lambert

Backyard Biodiversity

Every home gardener can increase biodiversity by creating a wildlife haven in their backyard. Find out how you can grow seedlings from the wild, deal with invasive weeds and make your own alpine rock-garden.

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Tuis treat themselves

Tuis treat themselves

 Make a bird-feeder for your garden

In winter there are fewer flowers, berries and insects for native birds to eat. You can help supplement their food supply by setting up a bird table in your garden where they can feed.

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Become an admiral butterfly breeder 

We need butterfly breeders to help boost the populations on our native red and yellow admiral butterflies. These butterflies are suffering from predation by wasps and habitat destruction.   

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Make a lizard-friendly garden 

Geckos and skinks like gardens that are filled with hidey-holes, low growing shrubs and sun-bathing spots. These secretive creatures like rotting logs, complex cover and lizard-sized holes that gives them a place to hibernate and hide.  More