Small steps can greatly help local wildlife struggling with current hot conditions

HELP: Think of the wildlife during the drought and put some water out for our wild freinds.
HELP: Think of the wildlife during the drought and put some water out for our wild freinds.

Dunbogan Bushcare coordinator Sue Baker is appealing to residents across the North Coast to help our wildlife through the drought.

"Everything from insects to large mammals is being affected," Mrs Baker said.

"Doing it really tough are species that feed on nectar, fruit and seeds (birds, possums, gliders, bats) due to the failure of many trees and shrubs to flower; tree death and now bushfire.

"Bats are even feeding in the daytime and birds species turning up in areas they're rarely seen in."

She said people can do much to help in small ways despite feeding wild birds being a contentious issue.

"Certainly human foods such as bread, cake, chips and cooked fish are an absolute no go zone for any kind of wildlife," she said.

"Their digestive systems are not adapted to human food and many problems can result not the least of which is death.

"At the moment however, with such extreme conditions people in cat-free areas are putting out wild bird seed available from supermarkets and pet shops. "

Mrs Baker said is also appealing for people to help and in particular for water to be made available.

"Shallow bowls of water preferably sitting on top of something and placed in the shade will help bird.

"It's important to bear in mind that small birds can drown in deep bowls. Keeping bowls and water fresh and clean is especially important for birds.

"Discarded water can be used around the base of pot or garden plants. Shallow bowls of water on the front lawn is a great idea in areas where kangaroos feed.

"For koalas the situation may be a little more difficult with water possibly needing to be placed in tree-forks out of reach of cats and dogs. A small piece of cut fruit every few days and placed off the ground on a tree trunk or branch may help possums."

She said if you can let your lawn grow a little higher between mowings helps to increase moisture content and also encourages insects and worms essential to birds such as magpies and kookaburras.

"Insect activity also helps lawn health by aerating the soil. Putting mulch or leaf mould around the garden will have the same effect and reduce the need for watering. Compost heaps are also great for insects.

"Habitat can be created for insects and lizards by placing fallen branches around the garden with a little soil heaped up around the base or even putting a few old roof tiles or similar n a corner.

"And most important is to remember that stressed wildlife is on the move in search of food and water so care is needed when driving especially at night."