Help provide water for wildlife

Help provide water for wildlife

Wombat paw prints in empty dam - photo by Lisa Whitney Members of the community are providing water where none is available by leaving out tubs and other containers in safe places.

If leaving out water for wildlife, please:

  • Place containers in places around your local suburb and residential area, away from roads that provide some protection and screening from predators (including domestic pets).
  • Keep containers clean, full of fresh water and clearly labelled with 'Water for Wildlife'.
  • Place sticks, rocks or bricks in your container to enable small animals to enter the water to get back out.
  • Consider a variety of water containers for different birds, bats, reptiles and mammal species. Providing water at different levels makes the containers accessible to all species while minimising their risk of being preyed upon.
  • Consider hanging water dispensers in trees or hanging baskets that can be easily accessed by birds and bats.

Please be mindful that the congregation of animals in a particular area may increase the risk of disease transfer.

Due to the complex dietary requirements of different wildlife species and the risks surrounding animal health, predation, disease transfer and the introduction of weeds, it is an offence under the Nature Conservation Act 2014 to feed a native animal in a reserve.

Connect with the Water our Wildlife Facebook community to coordinate efforts in your local area.

Road users should also continue to be vigilant for wildlife on roads, especially kangaroos, which may be difficult to spot in smoky conditions. If you come across an injured animal on any of our roads, please call Access Canberra on 13 22 81.

In times of extreme heat, the community should be vigilant to their own safety by staying hydrated and abiding by reserve closures and Total Fire Ban precautions when they are in place.

For emergency updates such as extreme heat and Total Fire Bans, visit the ACT Emergency Services Agency website, follow @ACT_ESA on Twitter or like ACT Emergency Services Agency on Facebook.

With hot and dry conditions forecast to continue within the ACT, water for wildlife usually available in dams and vegetation is scarce across many areas of the ACT.

Image: wombat paw prints in a dry dam - courtesy of Lisa Whitney