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While we’ve seen wintry conditions across much of Australia this Autumn, that hasn’t stopped our backyard birds from being out and about, or stopped us from taking part in Birds in Backyards surveys. 


Over the month of April we took to social media to share some of our favourite tips for creating a wildlife friendly garden. We enjoyed doing that so much we thought we’d turn that advice, and some extra content that didn’t make it into the posts, into a blog series that everyone can read.

A tremendous thank you to all the people who got out there and submitted a Birds in Backyards survey in 2022. Overall we had 7108 surveys submitted during the year – that was down slightly on 2021 (8526) but given that we all could go out and do more birding in 2022, that is a great result.

Head over to Birdata and get your Birds in Backyards Autumn Survey in from March 1 (or get started today)

Getting started is easy.

One of the most widespread and common Australian birds, you will find Australian Magpies in almost every habitat in Australia. In fact you probably already share your space with a few of them or see them within 100m of your home. But what are the features they look for in a garden and what can you do to make friends with your Australian Magpie neighbours, especially ahead of swooping season?

Really there is no other genus of Australian native plant quite so synonymous with a ‘bird-friendly garden’ as the Grevillea.

Sadly the season was not a good one for Powerful Owls in Greater Sydney (or in SE Qld). The number of birds breeding was down, as was the number of chicks that fledged, very likely due to all the rain which inundated much of the east coast.

Excitedly this season we have seen a pair of Powerful Owls raise two chicks in a targeted nest box in a reserve in northern Sydney.

As you probably know, the Gang-gang Cockatoo was severely affected by habitat loss following the bushfires of 2019 and 2020 and in March this year the species was declared Endangered.  

This is our second post in a series where we dig into the habitat features that Birdata analysis reveals will attract birds to your garden.

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