It is quite possible for the urban environment to be home to a wide range of native animals. You can encourage this by providing suitable food, shelter and breeding sites.

Whilst exotic trees and shrubs can provide this habitat, local natives are particularly useful. Not only are they suited to the local climate and conditions, and so require less fertilising and watering, but also the local wildlife is adapted to live with them. As Canberra enjoys a magnificent system of bushland reserves birds and other native creatures will be readily attracted to your garden if you do provide suitable plants. A well established garden with bird attracting trees and shrubs will add value to your home.