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Protecting biodiversity and habitat

Habitat loss and fragmentation are major contributors to biodiversity decline across the region

Many fauna species once widespread now rare or restricted in range. But we’re working with landholders to improve management of remnant bushland, habitat values, species richness, ecosystem resilience and linkages for wildlife. 

Bushland on private property

Our Managing Bushland for Wildlife work assists private landholders to preserve and enhance remnant bushland on their property, both through education as well as cost-sharing grants to carry out weed control, revegetation and other conservation work. 

Inspiration for landholders

Gardens can help support the local wildlife, especially birds and insects which are our most mobile fauna.


With places to shelter and hide from predators, gardens can support reptiles, frogs and mammals. Urbanisation has changed the landscape but our gardens and street trees are stopping points and stepping stones for animals in search of food, shelter and water. Read more about creating a nature garden.

In our largely altered landscape, remnant bushland is a refuge for plants and wildlife. It protects against soil erosion and salinity, maintains water quality, provides pest control, stores carbon and modifies climate. But our remnant bush faces threats including clearing, grazing, dieback, tree decline, weeds, feral animals and fire. If you have bush on your block, it’s vital to conserve it. Read how to care for your bushland.


Inspiring stories from other property owners, gardeners, schools and volunteers who are conserving nature


Click on these links – each one features a local case study packed with ideas to help you make your contribution to caring for our local nature.

Boyd Wykes and Karen Majer – Growing a wildlife garden 

Tony Lane – Tackling invasive arum lilies on a bush block 

Anouska Pillai – Protecting biodiversity on our land 

Ray Swartz – A foreshore restoration warrior 

Jane House – Success with stream revegetation 

Laura Bailey and Lawson Armstrong – Regenerative agriculture 

Leeuwin Estate – Fencing, revegetation and weed control 

Janet Duffall and Genny Broadhurst – Margaret River Coastal Residents Association 

Maureen Munroe and Peta Goodwin – Conserving Barrett Street Reserve 

Margaret River Independent School – Nurturing our school environment 

Karridale Primary School – Caring for our bushland 

Need a hand with conservation work at your place?

Nature Conservation has an Environmental Services arm to give landholders another tool to help protect nature, biodiversity and bushland on their property. On a fee-for-services basis, our Bush Regeneration Team can be contracted for quality bushland management, revegetation work and strategic weed control. And our biodiversity officers specialise in biodiversity assessments and revegetation and weed management plans for your property. 

Knowledge for landholders

Information sheets for advice and top tips for planning and growing a garden for nature

Gardens for Nature 

Gardening with Natives Plants 

Wildlife Friendly Gardens 

Gardens for Birds 

Attracting Beneficial Insects 

Waterwise Gardens 

‘Plant This Instead’ Planting Guide 

‘Weed It Out’ Weed Guide 

Rat Control and Native Wildlife 

Information sheets and resources to make your rural or semi-rural property a nature haven

Caring For Your Bushland 

Biodiversity Property Plans 

Managing Environmental Weeds 

Managing Streams and Wetlands 

Dams for Biodiversity 

Revegetation with Local Natives 

Bushland and Fire 

Fire and Biodiversity Landholder Kit 

Landcare and Sustainable Property Management 

Arum Lily Control 

Marri Decline 

‘Woody Weeds’ Guide 

Information sheets to get to know and protect the wildlife on your property plus keep vermin away

Western Ringtail Possums and Your Property 

Quenda – Our Ecosystem Engineers 

Rat Control and Native Wildlife 

Black Cockatoos and Your Property 

Fox and Feral Cat Control 

Converting Dams to Living Wetlands 

Online resources and how-to factsheets to help you do even more for nature

Build a Bee Hotel 

Build a Nest Box 

Create a Frog-Friendly Habitat 

Make a Worm Farm 

Manage Kangaroos on Your Property 

Create a Living Garden Sanctuary 

Plan a Water Efficient Garden 

Design a Waterwise Garden 

Plant a Waterwise Verge 

Improve Your Soil 

Install and Checking Irrigation 

Create a Bush Tucker Garden 

Plants for Waterwise Garden 

Free equipment loan

We loan out a range of equipment free of charge to make getting the job done a little easier. Email our For Nature program at to request a loan of equipment listed below. Include name, address, contact details, equipment you want to borrow, and the dates you need it for.

Weed spraying

  • 100L weed spraying unit for use on quad bike or ute
  • 15L backpack spray unit
  • 5L handheld spray unit for small jobs
  • Gloves, goggles, disposable coveralls

Planting equipment

  • Pottiputkis (planting tool) for tube stock planting efficiency
  • Auger for pre-dug planting holes
  • Kidney buckets for carrying seedlings
  • Pruning tools including tree loppers, secateurs and hand saws
  • Mattocks for tackling compacted ground, mallets for driving in stakes and hand trowels for small scale planting

Tree treatment kits

  • Dieback kits including tree injectors and fungicide to control the spread and impact of dieback (environmentally safe with low toxicity)


Community Resource Centre
33 Tunbridge Street
Margaret River WA 6285

Postal Address

PO Box 1749 
Margaret River WA. 6285

Contact Us

Phone: (08) 9757 2202