ReWild Perth

ReWild Perth is a program to provide you with advice on how to build eye-catching gardens with local wildlife in mind.

ReWild was Launched on January 10th 2022

Start ReWilding your garden now.

What is ReWild?

One of the basic facts about modern life is that wherever people settle, we displace the pre-existing environment. In places like Perth, which is particularly prone to ‘urban sprawl’, this means that we’ve been displacing wildlife and removing habitat for most of our history since European settlement. In recent decades, we’ve made big strides in the implementation of water-sensitive urban design and the need for public green spaces. However, we still face the problem of biodiversity loss and urban fragmentation whereby the urban environment – our roads, building and infrastructure – create barriers for plants and animals to move through, survive and thrive in our city. 

When development occurs, there is the immediate and obvious loss of habitat and wildlife. However, many people may not be aware there is a second wave of biodiversity loss which occurs as species are prevented from being able to move freely across the landscape to avoid threatening processes. This loss of freedom of movement is called ‘fragmentation’. 

Luke McMillan, Perth NRM (2019)

The ReWild Perth program invites people and urban living to be a part of the solution by increasing (or introducing) native habitat into private residences, which is a primary land use throughout the region. 

Perth NRM believes that households and businesses can significantly assist native wildlife by creating little pockets of habitat throughout the suburbs, connecting our vital reserves and green spaces.  

We call this approach ‘urban permeability’. We invite you to join us in rewilding Perth to bring nature home.  

The ReWild web resource

Visit the ReWild website to start ReWilding your garden now 

Perth NRM, in partnership with Birdlife WA — with funding from Lotterywest — have developed an innovative web resource to help people plan, create and record native gardens specifically tailored to their outdoor spaces. 

We have created hundreds of resources to help you on your ReWild journey. Learn about different wildflowers, wildlife, and how to build habitat through a wide range of plant and habitat action recommendations curated for you, your soil type and garden size, and the type of wildlife you want to attract and support.  

Participants who choose to record their ReWild projects will be able to share their progress and create anonymous pins on the ReWild map showing their influence. Over time, this map will show our collective efforts and we’ll be able to see the increased environmental connectivity throughout the region. 

This exciting project has been created with developers at Clever Starfish. 

Start ReWilding your garden now.

The ReWild web resource

There are some incredible gardens in Perth, with established wildflower gardens providing safe havens, and new ReWild gardens starting to add and intensify habitat values, from large properties to small balconies. 

Find inspiration for your own ReWild Journey by checking out the People of ReWild profiles.

Share your story! No matter the stage of ReWild journey or size of your garden, we’d love to share your garden story. Join the ‘People of ReWild’ to inspire others by signing up or logging into the ReWild website then either:  

  • Select ‘About ReWilding’ > ‘People of ReWild Survey’ to complete the survey, or,  
  • Click this link once you’ve signed in to complete the survey. Hint: You must already be logged in or it will only take you to the homepage. 

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