Join Our Conservation Community

We are asking you to come together to make a difference

Insect populations globally are collapsing with an extinction rate 8 times that of mammals, birds or reptiles. An important impact is urbanisation, however, by creating a small native habitat garden in a corner of a backyard or on a balcony, living space can be provided for butterflies, bees, grasshoppers, ladybirds and others.

Together with our partners, the Conservation Collective, RARES Foundation and the City of Casey, we created the perfect starter garden for attracting butterflies, bugs and bees and have 100+ Casey residents onboard to take part in our project to create insect-friendly environments throughout Casey.

Everyone who has signed up to the project will receive a six-pack of plants completely free to take part in the experiment.

All participants need to join the private Facebook Group where we will all work together to grow a community of insect-attracting gardens.  The FB Group will provide tips on how to grow your plants and with a qualified Entomologist (that’s a scientist who studies insects) and the talented team at the Conservation Collective Nursery ready to help, we are setting you up for success.

We ask that you share photos and stories of the insects that visit your garden with the group so we can monitor the success of this project.  The Entomologist will identify and record your insect visitors for the project.

The Backyard Habitat Garden requires little setup and maintenance. We do ask that you take part in the Facebook Group and share your stories with the other participants as success is more likely if we work as a team.

If you’ve completed the sign-up form that was available, we will email you more information and you can collect your plants from Moonlit Sanctuary at 550 Tyabb-Tooradin Rd, Pearcedale. You will need to show some proof that you live within the City of Casey, such as a driver’s license, to receive the free pack. If you live outside the area you can still purchase a plant pack from Moonlit Sanctuary for $20.

This project aims to create a community of backyard (or balcony) conservationists that are guided by experts to monitor and improve outcomes.

Want to get involved?

You have missed the giveaway of 100 free packs but they are also for sale at Moonlit Sanctuary. You don’t need to live in Casey to take part.

Packs cost $20 and contain the below 6 plants.

What’s in the starter pack?

Your pack contains a mix of native flowers, shrubs and grasses.

Visit the Conservation Collective if you want to add to your pack with additional insect-attracting plants.

Bursaria spinosa - Sweet Bursaria

Bursaria spinosa - Sweet Bursaria

SIZE: Up to 8m
HABIT: Tolerates full sun-part shade. Dry to moist soils
DESCRIPTION: A shrub with small leaves along often spiny stems, and dense, conical sprays of white,
perfumed flowers.
Provides nectar for butterflies and food for caterpillars. Is the food plant for the Eltham Copper Butterfly

Goodenia ovata -  Hop Goodenia

Goodenia ovata - Hop Goodenia

SIZE: Up to 2m
HABIT: Small to medium open shrub
DESCRIPTION: Useful understorey shrub with sprays of 3 - 6 yellow flowers from August to February. Cut back to maintain good form.
Food source for caterpillars and insect eating birds

Poa poiformis Coast  - Tussock Grass

Poa poiformis Coast - Tussock Grass

SIZE: Up to 1m
HABIT: Tolerates full sun-part shade, Dry soils
DESCRIPTION: A robust, densely tufted perennial grass with a narrow, pyramid-shaped, chaffy flower head.
FEATURES: Food for caterpillars of Common Brown.

Wahlenbergia gracilis - Sprawling Bluebell

Wahlenbergia gracilis - Sprawling Bluebell

SIZE: 80cm Tall
HABIT: Tolerates a variety of soils from moist to dry.
DESCRIPTION: Flowers Spring, is an erect to sprawling perennial herb.
FEATURES: Food source for Aborigines, Insect attracting

Olearia ramulosa - Twiggy Daisy-bush

Olearia ramulosa - Twiggy Daisy-bush

SIZE: 0.5-2m x 1m
HABIT: Well drained soils.Full sun – partial shade
DESCRIPTION: Attractive garden plant. Pruning after flowering encourages further lowering and bushy habit
FEATURES: Insect attracting

Glycine clandestina - Twining Glycine

Glycine clandestina - Twining Glycine

SIZE: 0.3-2m twinning
HABIT: Prefers moist well drained soils, will tolerate dry periods once established
DESCRIPTION: A dainty twiner for climbing through other plants. Pretty blueish purple flowers
FEATURES: Food for caterpillars


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