How you can improve biodiversity in your garden

Attracting Australian wildlife isn’t an easy task. Natural wildlife visiting our homes and gardens is a rarity that we all enjoy. In this guide, we’ll show you how to increase biodiversity and attract some of the unique wildlife Australia has to offer.

When building your garden, the main factors for increasing biodiversity is providing shelter from predators, a water source, plants that attract prey, plants that provide food and adjoining bushland to your property.

Below is a link to a great resource from Sydney Gardners about how to make this happen.

How you can improve the biodiversity in your garden.

You never know what might turn up in your garden.

Wildlife Rehabilitator Enclosure & Equipment Grants Program for 2020-2021

Announcing the opening of the 2020-2021 wildlife rehabilitator grants program, NWC Chair, Audrey Koosmen announced some changes to how the program will be run.  

The grants program acknowledges the pivotal role played not only by wildlife rehabilitators, but by their groups, many of whom have been severely affected by the 2019-2020 drought, bushfires and COVID-19.  In recognition of added stresses over the past season the Grants Committee has approved the doubling of the grants budget to $20,000 and is allowing two grants to be awarded to NWC groups as well as grants to individual rehabilitators from NWC groups or from Independent General Iicensees (IGL).

The award of a NWC group grant will not disqualify individuals from NWC groups to be included in the application and voting process. 

Grant applications for equipment and enclosure projects in the range from $500 to $2000 will be accepted between 1 July and 7 August. 

Full details are included in the Guidelines and in the Application Form

To be eligible to apply applicants must:

  • Have 2 or more years’ rehabilitation experience
  • Be authorised under a NPWS licensed rehabilitation group or be an independent general licensee (IGL)
  • Have their application endorsed by their licensed group management committee (in the case of a NWC group member)
  • Lodge application no later than 5pm on Friday 7 August 2020

All grant applications will be assessed on the criteria Need, Excellence and Value for Money and full details including the Grant Guidelines and Application form should be downloaded from

https://www.nwc.org.au/wildlife-rehabilitator-enclosure-and-equipment-grants-program-for-2020-2021/

More than one application endorsed by any individual group will be accepted, however a maximum of 1 individual and 1 group grant can be awarded to any one NWC group, and 1 to an IGL.  A group application will be assessed separately to an individual application under the same licence.

All eligible applications will be presented to the NWC Annual General Meeting to be held on Sunday 16 August 2020 (subject to COVID-19 restrictions) for voting by secret ballot.

ZOONOSES WARNING’S TO FAWNA REHABILITATORS

Rare Tularaemia infection from possum scratch prompts warning [NSW]

20/05/2010 NSW Health Media Release:   “NSW Health is urging people to avoid touching possums following the first probable case of the rare disease tularaemia in a NSW resident.

The woman was bitten and scratched by a ringtail possum in a Northern Sydney suburb in early March, and since developed symptoms including swollen lymph glands, fatigue, and a sore throat. Further testing is continuing to confirm the diagnosis. NSW Health’s Acting Director of Communicable Diseases, Ms Keira Glasgow, said that while the disease is highly contagious, most people fully recover with appropriate antibiotics.

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Future courses

Expression of Interest in training courses

Due to Covid-19 FAWNA has decided it needs to do the responsible thing and postpone all FAWNA Training and other events. 

We will turn the bookings for these courses into an Expressions of Interest EOI list and will be contacted once we can confirm new dates.

If people wish to attend they can send an EOI by using the form below.


Name of person/people wishing to attend

Cancellation of COURSES

Please note that due to the Covid-19 recommendations for separation we have decided we can’t safely ensure people at training courses adhere to the 2 M separation.

All forward training courses are postponed to be rescheduled at later dates to be announced.

We will obviously consult with those involved with training, catering, etc. first before we book venues and reschedule.

Current bookings will be cancelled, but we are taking expressions of interests in . They are:

  1. The Rescue & Immediate Care Course
  2. The Macropod Training Course
  3. The Possum & Glider Course

People that have made bookings will be notified via email.

Thanks
The FAWNA Management Team

Take Care to Give Care

For many of us the world is a state of uncertainty and change at the moment. For some of us this may have been more recent with the Corvid-19 crisis but others within our wildlife community have been living in a heightened state for many many months as a result of the bushfire crisis. It’s the latter for which my heart goes out strongly with a voice saying ‘you are not forgotten’.

The critical role of volunteers within the wildlife rehabilitation sector is challenging and supporting the physical, mental and emotional wellness of these volunteers is vital. Many wildlife volunteers are drawn to the role because they prioritise the needs of animals, but it’s important to also remember that taking care to give care, means you also care for yourself so that you can care for wildlife for longer.

Two Green Threads has prepared the Take Care to Give Care guide with the purpose of helping build resilience for individuals and the wildlife volunteer sector as a whole. It first took shape during an earlier crisis but the prompts and tips are relevant not just in current times of crisis but also when the world returns to normality and the service of wildlife volunteers continues to be needed.

This guide offers information and prompts to help wildlife volunteers balance their care of wildlife with care for themselves.

Follow the link to the Take Care to Give Care guide