There are many things you can do to create a home for native animals in your backyard.
Add native plants to your garden to provide natural food sources for birds and butterflies.
Avoid chemical fertilisers and pesticides: there are often very simple, much cheaper, chemical-free alternatives.
More information about chemical free gardening
Use leaf mulch on your garden, which is great for worms and tiny bugs.
Use rocks in your garden to provide a haven or sunny spot for lizards.
Prune and tidy your garden gradually to allow native animals to adjust to new conditions.
Check for lizards when gardening or mowing to avoid injuring them.
Birdhouse or nest box
Provide birds with an additional shelter source by building a nest box or a birdhouse.
A native fish pond creates a home for frogs and fish and adds a water feature for you to feast your eyes on.
Butterflies look for warm sheltered places to spend winter. Providing a butterfly house will help out and mean a lot more butterflies in the spring time.
For more information about how to get more enjoyment from our native plants and animals, go to Backyard Buddies.