Private land conservation

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Backyard Habitat for Wildlife

The Backyard Habitat for Wildlife program offers urban landholders a great opportunity to conserve our unique environment in their own backyards!

The Backyard Habitat for Wildlife program supports suburban landholders who love native animals and who have areas of native habitat in their backyards.  Ever considered about building a nest box(PDF, 821KB) for your yard?

Want to get involved?

To register visit our Backyard Habitat for Wildlife page. There is also a range of useful information available on that page to help you maintain and improve your backyard wildlife habitat.

What will I receive?

Joining the program is free and there are no meetings. When you join you receive:

  • sheets and other information
  • a great sign for your letterbox or gate
  • opportunities to network with other people who love native animals
  • invitations to free workshops.

The opportunity to share pictures of your favourite wildlife with other members

To minimise unnecessary use of resources, the Backyard Habitat for Wildlife program will be largely paper-free. The program website will be used to facilitate forums and share wildlife pictures and other information with members.

For those without internet access, hard copy registration forms will be available at the Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads Civic Centres. For further program information contact Council’s Project Officer – Biodiversity, Michael Corke, on 02 6670 2400 or email

Land for Wildlife

First established in Victoria in 1981 and now delivered in most states and territories, Land for Wildlife is a voluntary property registration scheme that helps private landholders manage wildlife habitat on their property. The scheme encourages and assists nature conservation on private land, irrespective of other land uses.

Under the scheme, thousands of landholders help conserve tens of thousands of hectares of wildlife habitat nationwide. Tweed Shire Council launched its Land for Wildlife Scheme on World Environment Day 2013. It is free to join, is not legally binding and does not alter a property’s legal status.

Why is Land for Wildlife important?

Tweed Shire is recognised as a biodiversity hotspot. It contains a great variety of plants and animals, many of which are found nowhere else. Private land accounts for 86 per cent of the Shire and harbours significant biodiversity, including many rare and threatened species. Therefore, private landholders play a key role in nature conservation. The Land for Wildlife Scheme supports this role.

Want to be a Land for Wildlifer?

For further information and to register see the Land for Wildlife Brochure and application(PDF, 899KB).