Green Your Backyard

You can help to increase the effective habitat area of the GreenWay for native birds and animals by creating or maintaining a habitat-friendly backyard (or front yard!) by following these simple tips:

  • Download:  GreenWay Species List for a list of plants that are native to the GreenWay and the Cooks River Valley.
  • Plant a selection of native plants that are indigenous to your local area.  You can find some of these plants at Marrickville Community Nursery 
  • Look out for council plant giveaways and habitat havens programs
  • Place your plants close together and include a variety of plant species, heights, shapes and sizes. Aim for at least three layers to your vegetation: (i) trees or large shrubs, (ii) small shrubs, and (iii) grasses/groundcovers.
  • Keep a corner (at least) of your backyard a bit ‘messy’. Leave leave litter, fallen twigs and rocks in place for small reptiles and insects to take cover in.
  • Mulch your garden beds.
  • Install a bird bath (and keep it safe from cats). Keep your bird bath filled up and clean, especially on hot days. 
  • Keep a diary and/or take photos of what birds, animals, reptiles and insects visit your backyard.
  • Consider installing a frog pond (avoid moving frogs from elsewhere to your pond, they will find it!).
  • Avoid feeding wild birds and animals and keep pet’s food inside.
  • Keep cats inside, or install a cat run.

Check out our Biodiversity Links for other great websites about backyard biodiversity.


A skater captured his trip along the GreenWay starting from Leichhardt through to Iron Cove then back to Lewisham in Sydney's Inner West. Video created by Bo Yuan and Tim Hans.   GreenWay Map below created by Benjamin Salmon.


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