Wildlife in the garden

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Drip feed: This young orphaned possum is one of hundreds being cared for in the wake of this month’s high temperatures. Picture: Supplied

Wildlife carers say the deaths of hundreds of possums earlier this month could have been avoided if suburban gardens were made more wildlife friendly.

The aftermath of successive days of high temperatures will see young orphan possums needing care for months to come.

Wildlife carers and educators Janet Wheeler and Paula Rivera, from Living with Wildlife, say gardens can be easily modified to provide wildlife with food, water, shelter and “pathways to find a mate”.

Their organisation  Living with Wildlife will hold a free Gardening for Wildlife workshop 10am-midday this Saturday (23 March) at Karingal Place Neighbourhood Centre, 103 Ashleigh Avenue, Frankston. 

“With displays, presentations, take home information and an arborist to chat to those attending will learn simple ways to attract and support our local native wildlife” Ms Wheeler said.

“With loss of habitat one of the major causes for wildlife needing rescue and rehabilitation, our gardens can make a big difference.”

The workshop is part of Frankston Council’s Greening our Future program and bookings are essential at: frankston.vic.gov.au/environmentalevents.

For help with injured or distressed wildlife contact a vet or call AWARE on 0412 433 727 or WHOMP, 0417 380 687.

First published in the Western Port News – 19 March 2019

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