Habitats are getting smaller because of urbanisation and agriculture, and native animals are often forced to live in close quarters with humans. Feeding native animals can give us a wonderful opportunity to observe native wildlife in our own backyards, but these are still wild animals.
By feeding them we are actually doing them, and the environment, more harm than good as artificial feeding of wildlife can:
- alter their natural behaviour
- contribute to overpopulation
- make some animals aggressive
- cause poor nutrition
- contribute to the presence of vermin at feeding sites
- spread disease
- often lead to unwelcome wildlife causing property damage in residential areas
- affect water quality and cause damage to the area.
For more detail on the above, read our brochure, do not feed wildlife (63kb pdf).
Don't turn a native animal into a pest - they need habitat, not food handouts. Rather than feeding wildlife, get involved in planting native trees and shrubs for wildlife in your backyard or local area.
Creating your own wildlife garden that offers both shelter and food throughout the year, and providing a bird bath for those long hot summers, are great ways to encourage local wildlife onto your property.