Small changes to make a big difference in National Biodiversity Month

Published on 01 September 2021

It’s National Biodiversity Month – a great time to make small changes to make a big difference to the planet.

Here’s some simple things you can do to help protect local biodiversity:

  • Create a natural habitat in your backyard. Plant native trees and plants as they provide homes and food for local birds and wildlife. Local native plants can be purchased a Provenance Indigenous Plants
  • Be a responsible pet owner. Make sure your cat is de-sexed and kept indoors when possible. Outdoor cat runs are a way to give your cat exercise outside. If you can no longer keep your pet, do not release it into the wild. This includes pet fish, which should not be flushed down the toilet or released in local waterways.
  • Start your own compost bin. Organic matter like vegetable peelings are great for your garden. Composting can reduce the need for chemicals and fertilizers in the garden and improve the health of your soil. Request a free Mini Munch kitchen caddy to help you recycle food scraps and organic material with ease.
  • Only put water down the drains. Liquids like oils and chemicals can end up in our waterways and the sea, negatively impacting animals and plants living in streams and rivers. Instead of using commercial cleaning chemicals, try using natural products such as white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda instead.
  • Understand what you can and can’t take with you when you travel. Restrictions are in place for some fruit and vegetables to combat fruit flies. Understand the restrictions and how you can help.

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