Plants and animals at the Garden
A valuable aspect of the Gardens has been the provision of natural habitats and food sources for native birds, animals and insects.
A visit to the Gardens will almost certainly provide an opportunity to see our wildlife. Birds, kangaroos and reptiles are abundant. Those that are patient and quiet can sometimes be rewarded with the sight of an Echidna, a Swamp Wallaby, a Long Nosed Bandicoot or a Lyrebird.
Development and maintenance programs within the Gardens always take into account the retention of existing, and provision of additional, habitats and food sources for our fauna.
Damage to the Garden
While the presence of wildlife has been encouraged, some species have been damaging the Gardens and require restriction or removal. To minimise the impact of these animals, an external fence has been constructed around the Garden site and around the nursery.
Wallabies have caused a particular problem as their numbers have increased alarmingly since the 1994 fire. With the installation of the water reticulation system and the planting out of hundreds of trees and shrubs, ideal conditions have been created for these wallabies, particularly the swamp wallabies.
You will see as you walk through the Gardens small cages around many plants. These cages help protect the young plants from hungry wildlife and will get removed as plants grow taller and become less palatable.