Land for Wildlife prides itself on providing members with the information resources required to manage a patch of land for wildlife habitat conservation and restoration. You can find a range of fact sheets below, as well as links to identifying your Vegetation Type and contacts within our Network.

Looking for information and can’t find it? Get in touch with us at lfw@lowecol.com.au to see what other resources we may be able to provide!

Native Fauna

Biodiversity and Conservation

A list of the fauna likely to be found within a 25 km radius of Alice Springs, including birds, mammals, frogs and reptiles. List compiled by Land for Wildlife central Australia – Download

Want to attract more wildlife to your property? This might be just what you need to get started. Fact sheet by Land for Wildlife central Australia – Download

Fact sheet on making backyards biodiversity friendly. Fact sheet by the Threatened Species Network – Download

Getting kids active with conservation activities can be a great way to get them on the right path with conserving the natural world. Fact sheet on Conservation for Kids by Land for Wildlife – Download

Paula Peeters has a website Paperbark Writer, on which you can find a host of fun activities where Australian nature meets science and art. You can follow her on Facebook. You can also download her free resource, Make a Date With Nature: an Introduction to Nature Journaling – Download

Biodiversity Surveys

Land for Wildlife conducts biodiversity surveys on member properties on an annual basis. You can view the Biodiversity Surveys for 2008, 2009 and 2010. You can also view the Bird Bath Biodiversity Survey for 2017.

You can also read about a pilot study done by Heidi Groffen (a previous Land for Wildlife coordinator) aimed at enhancing Land for Wildlife member knowledge in property self-assessment methods – Download

Wildcare Inc

If you find any injured wildlife or find yourself in a traffic accident with wildlife, contact Wildcare Inc Alice Springs and follow instructions in this fact sheet – Download

Mammals

Flora/fauna profiles for the 2010 Biodiversity survey (see above for the whole report) – Download

Want to identify signs of animal life? You can follow our guide to Nests, Tracks, Scats, Burrows and Other Signs – Download

What about the small flying mammals that are often forgotten? Build bat boxes to install on your property and provide them with a safe space – Download and Download

Birds

Identification guide to the birds of Central Australia. Produced by Birds in Backyards – Download

Identification guide for soaring birds. Produced by Land for Wildlife Central Australia – Download

Guidelines for the Development of Bird Habitat. Fact sheet by Birds In Backyards – Download

If you dream of a garden filled with birds, you will be pleased to know that the needs of these creatures are nowhere as diverse as the entertainment that they will provide you. Learn how to attract birds to your garden. Fact sheet by Greening Australia – Download

Feeling crafty? Make a nest box for birds! Here’s the plan – Download

Did you know that you can go bird watching at the Alice Springs Water Stabilisation Ponds? You will need to go through a few steps first. Head to the PowerWater bird watching website or read their fact sheet – Download

Reptiles

Want to attract lizards to your garden? Learn how here. Fact sheet by Greening Australia – Download

Amphibians

Want to attract frogs to your garden? Learn how here. Fact sheet by Greening Australia – Download

Invertebrates

The best local guide to identifying central Australian butterflies – Download

Central Australian Butterflies and Their Food Plants. Information compiled from notes and talk by Stuart Traynor to the Australian Plants Society, 2004, describes some of the best plants to attract butterflies to your garden – Download

Want to attract butterflies to your garden? Learn how here. Fact sheet by Greening Australia – Download

An identification resource for the grasshoppers of Alice Springs. Produced by Land for Wildlife Central Australia – Download

A guide to identifying the common ants of the Alice Springs region, listing the common identifying features and images of the worker ant, foraging trail and nest. Fact sheet by CSIRO and the Threatened Species Network – Download

A guide to the ant trails of Alice Springs. Fact sheet by the Threatened Species Network – Download

Information on Termites from Dr Don’s Termite Page – Download

Bee Walls, Habitat and Nesting Blocks. Insects play an important role in the ecosystem and sometimes they need a helping hand to find somewhere to stay dry or reproduce. Learn how to make a native bee hotel in this fact sheet, with information provided by Tim Heard. Fact sheet by the Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee – Valley Bees – Download

What bug is that? A guide to Australian insect families – helpful in narrowing things down a little – Download

 

Feral Animals

Land for Wildlife has several types of traps for loan. Contact us for more information.

Before trapping begins, it is wise to make yourself aware of the ethical considerations of trapping. Produced by Land for Wildlife Central Australia – Download

We also request that you complete a Feral Animal Trapping Agreement before using any Land for Wildlife traps – Download

Once you begin a trapping program, please fill out a catch record form, which will assist us with keeping tabs on feral animal trapping needs – Download

Mammals

Cats

Feral Cat trapping information, including trap placement, baiting, checking the trap, disposal of cats and post-trapping information. Produced by Land for Wildlife Central Australia – Download

Want more information on Feral Cat history, ecology, impact and control? Check out the Australian Government’s Department of the Environment and Heritage Feral Cat fact sheet – Download

For information specific to domestic cats, see the Domestic Pets header on this page.

Rabbits

Feral Rabbit control information, including limiting habitat, fumigation and chemical control. Produced by Land for Wildlife Central Australia – Download

European Wild Rabbit history, ecology, impact and control. Fact sheet by the Australian Government’s Department of the Environment and Heritage – Download

Foxes

European Red Fox history, ecology, impact and control. Fact sheet by the Australian Government’s Department of the Environment and Heritage – Download

Dogs

Want to know the difference between wild dogs and other terminology? The Queensland Government fact sheet may help you out – Download

Camels

Camel history, ecology, impact and control. Fact sheet by the Australian Government’s Department of the Environment and Heritage – Download

Horses

Horse history, ecology, impact and control. Fact sheet by the Australian Government’s Department of the Environment and Heritage – Download

Birds

Spotted Turtle Doves first became established in Alice Springs in the early 1990s when approximately 10 birds were liberated from a backyard aviary. Since that time, the population has steadily grown and today the bird impacts on the environment and residents of the town in a number of ways.

Identification of Spotted Turtle Doves is easy, once you know what you’re looking for. Get on the right track with this fact sheet on how to distinguish the ferals from the natives. Fact sheet produced by Land for Wildlife – Download

Once you know what you’re looking for, Spotted Turtle Dove trapping is the next step. Check out the Land for Wildlife fact sheet on trapping this feral bird species – Download

Control of Spotted Turtle Doves. Fact sheet by the Northern Territory Government – Download

Invertebrates

Big-headed Ants are the only invasive ant in Alice Springs. You can read more about how to identify Big-headed Ants and what to do about them. Fact sheet by CSIRO – Download

Big-headed Ant control. Do you have BHA’s on your property? Answer some questions to find out and learn about how to control these invasive invertebrates. Produced by Land for Wildlife Central Australia – Download

Impact of an introduced ant on native rain forest invertebrates Pheidole megacephala in monsoonal Australia – Download

View the Threatened Species Network’s Big-headed Ant powerpoint presentation – Download

 

Domestic Pets

Cats

Want to keep a cat responsibly? Check out the guides by The Humane Society regarding keeping your cat indoors and helping outdoor cats adjust to life indoors – Download and Download

Land for Wildlife have been undertaking a Domestic Cat Monitoring and Awareness program in Alice Springs, using harness-mounted GPS units to track domestic cat movements around town. Studying the movements of roaming domestic cats highlights the need for responsible cat ownership. Learn more about the monitoring on our Projects page.

We have produced a brochure as part of the domestic cat monitoring and awareness program, which is entitled Where is Your Cat Now? – Download

We have an updated pamphlet for the Domestic Cat Monitoring and Awareness in Alice Springs project, as well as a new poster. Contact us if you wish to have a poster displayed in your business or school.

Dogs

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Chickens

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Birds

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Reptiles

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Stock

Keeping Stock. NRM Land Notes fact sheet by the Northern Territory Government – Download

 

Native Plants and Gardening

Native Plants

You can identify your Vegetation Type by headed to the Vegetation Maps page of the website and follow the 3 easy steps to get the appropriate plant list for your vegetation type – Link

For a list of general arid recommended plants, download the list from the Northern Territory Government – Download

Sclerolaena can be a prickly pain, but they are native and you can use this guide to identify them. Produced by Land for Wildlife Central Australia – Download

Do you want to learn how to identify Native Grasses, which grasses to use in rangeland habitats and how to collect and process their seed? You’ve come to the right place! Fact sheet by Greening Australia NT  – Download

A guide to the central Australian Mistletoe species. Produced by Land for Wildlife Central Australia – Download

Want to know about Australian Mistletoe and wildlife and take a more positive view of this parasite? Land for Wildlife Victoria have prepared this fact sheet for national members – Download

Revegetation and Regeneration

Information on establishing a native garden in Alice Springs, including reasons to grow local, importance of biodiversity, maintenance, managing pests and disease and propagation. Fact sheet by the Australian Plants Society Alice Springs – Download

Techniques on propagating native plants. Table of info produced by the Australian Plants Society Alice Springs – Download

Natural regeneration principles and practise. Fact sheet by Stephen Platt – Download

Native vegetation buffers and corridors for wildlife. Fact sheet by the Northern Territory Government – Download

Dieback is a term used to describe the death of vegetation – vegetation that is ‘dying back’. All plants have a life-span and, eventually, individuals will die. This is quite natural. However, it is less common for large patches of plants to die at once. Information on dieback management including symptoms, causes and actions you can take. Fact sheet by Land for Wildlife Victoria – Download

Property Planning information to get you started on your mission! Fact sheet by Greening Australia NT – Download

Rehabilitation and Revegetation of Degraded Sites. Vegetation is the best defence that can be provided to protect the soil against erosion, however, the factors that caused the problem must be treated first. A combination of erosion control works and revegetation will have the most chance of success in preventing further erosion. NRM Land Notes fact sheet by the Northern Territory Government – Download

Rehabilitation is the treatment of a degraded or disturbed area to a pre-determined standard. It is required wherever there has been a change in the landscape, or which is causing degradation. It may be required where there is active erosion, or where the use of the land is no longer desired.  NRM Land Notes fact sheet by the Northern Territory Government – Download

Seeds

Seed Collection information, including seed selection, ripeness, seed collection techniques, seed extraction, storage and viability. Fact sheet by Greening Australia NT – Download

Direct Seeding is a technique used for revegetation projects and involves spreading seed directly on to the soil surface. Fact sheet by Greening Australia NT – Download

Sowing Seeds tips and tricks. Fact sheet by Greening Australia NT – Download

Planting

Pricking Out involves transferring newly germinated seeds from the germination tray to individual containers to encourage root growth, reduce the risk of drying out and minimise the spread of disease. Fact sheet by Greening Australia NT – Download

Potting Up involves re-potting seedlings before they outgrow their tube. Fact sheet by Greening Australia NT – Download

Tree Planting is easy and rewarding and can be successful if you pay attention to site location, soil preparation, planting techniques and maintenance. Learn more about how to achieve great results. Fact sheet by Greening Australia NT – Download

 

Weeds and Pests

Weed Identification

You can view the Weeds of Alice Springs fact sheet to identify those pesky plants taking over the natives. Fact sheet by the Northern Territory Government – Download

Weed Reports

The introduced flora of Australia and its weed status. Report by RP Randall, CRC for Australian Weed Management WA – Download

Jumping the garden fence: invasive garden plants in Australia and their environmental and agricultural impacts. Report by RH Groves, R Boden, WM Lonsdale, CSIRO report for WWF-Australia – Download

Weed Control

The Managing Pests Organically fact sheet includes instructions on how to use some more eco-friendly alternatives to get some of the sap-sucking and chewing insects, as well as fungus, at bay. Learn about garlic spray, white oil, potassium soap, neem oil and paw paw leaves and where to find them. Fact sheet by Greening Australia NT – Download

Alternatives to Chemicals. Fact sheet by the Government of South Australia – Download

To manage weeds effectively, it’s a good idea to set out a plan of attack. Here’s a couple of fact sheets to help you work out the right place to start and where to go – Download and Download

Introductory weed management manual. Produced by the Natural Heritage Trust, the Australian Government DEH and CRC for Weed Management – Download

Couch Grass

Managing creeping garden weeds, such as Couch Grass, requires persistence and a weed management plan – learn more about the basics on how to attack Couch. Fact sheet by Weed CRC – Download

Buffel Grass

Buffel Grass is a hot topic in Central Australia and control of this invasive grass requires ongoing efforts. While it is not currently listed as a weed in the Northern Territory, it is invasive and control on private properties is advised.

Buffel Grass AgNote. Fact sheet by the Northern Territory Government – Download

Buffel Grass weed management guide – managing weeds for biodiversity. All you need to know about Buffel Grass in Central Australia. Fact sheet by CRC for Weed Management – Download

Buffel Grass fact sheet by Desert Knowledge CRC – Download

Buffel grass: both friend and foe. An evaluation of the advantages and disadvantages of Buffel Grass use, and recommendations for future research. Report by M Friedel, H Puckey, C O’Malley, M Waycott, A Smyth and G Miller through Desert Knowledge CRC, CSIRO, CRC Australia – Download

Buffel Grass distribution in Central Australia. Fact sheet by CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems – Download

A range of fact sheets by the Government of South Australia on the Identification (Download), Hygeine (Download) and Control (Download) of Buffel Grass.

Cactus

Austrocylindropuntia & Cylindropuntia (Download) and Opuntia cacti (Download) are declared weeds. Learn how to identify these prickly problems. Identification sheet by Biosecurity SA and Caring for Our Country.

All declared Class A cactus infestations and plants (including garden plants) must be eradicated according to the Weeds Management Act. Bin It Don’t Spread It. Fact Sheet by the Northern Territory Government’s Weed Management Branch – Download

Weed management guide for Opuntioid cacti, including Austrocylindropuntia, Cylindropuntia and Opuntia species. Fact sheet compiled by S Potter from Biosecurity SA for Caring for Our Country – Download

 

Soil

Land Units

Learn your land unit by heading to the Vegetation Maps page and following Step 4. Refer to the Land Unit Map that is linked to each property area to identify the land unit for your property. This will highlight the soil descriptions surrounding and including your property location.You can also follow steps 1 to 3 to determine your Vegetation Type.

Composting

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Erosion

Understanding Water Movement. NRM Land Notes fact sheet by the Northern Territory Government – Download

Soil Stability and Erosion. NRM Land Notes fact sheet by the Northern Territory Government – Download

Fence Track and Road Placement. NRM Land Notes fact sheet by the Northern Territory Government – Download

Boxed In Roads. NRM Land Notes fact sheet by the Northern Territory Government – Download

Repairing Tracks Firebreaks and Fence Lines. NRM Land Notes fact sheet by the Northern Territory Government – Download

Road Drainage. NRM Land Notes fact sheet by the Northern Territory Government – Download

Building Tracks to Minimise Erosion. NRM Land Notes fact sheet by the Northern Territory Government – Download

Whoa Boy Construction. NRM Land Notes fact sheet by the Northern Territory Government – Download

Gully Rehabilitation. NRM Land Notes fact sheet by the Northern Territory Government – Download

Check Banks and Diversion Banks. NRM Land Notes fact sheet by the Northern Territory Government – Download

Diversion Banks. Technical Notes fact sheet by the Northern Territory Government – Download

Drop Structures. Technical Notes fact sheet by the Northern Territory Government – Download

Filter Strips. Technical Notes fact sheet by the Northern Territory Government – Download

Cryptograms

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Water

Water Use

You can create a water wise garden in Central Australia and this is the guide to help you on that journey. Brochure by PowerWater and the Nursery and Garden Industry Australia – Download

Are you over-watering your garden? Here’s some information to help you pick the right watering schedule – Download

Irrigation

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Bird Baths and Fresh Water Ponds

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Fire

Download the Bushfires Act NT to view your responsibilities regarding fire in Alice Springs or head to their website for more information – Download