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Backyard Biodiversity

Backyard Biodiversity is for everyone; from people keen to deepen their understanding of the wildlife in their local area, to those ready to convert their backyard into a biodiverse haven, and people just interested in coexisting more sustainably with life on earth.

In this unit you’ll learn how to identify the insects, birds and mammals that visit and live in your yard, how to quantify the levels of biodiversity, and the science and practice of creating biodiverse backyard habitats.

Some of the important and interesting questions we cover in this unit include: what is biodiversity, and how does it impact our lives? How are animals classified into different groups, and how can that knowledge help us identify backyard animals? What are the best observation techniques for different types of animals, and which ones can you use in your own backyard? How can you attract the animals you want, while keeping your backyard, your family, your pets and the wildlife, safe? How can you help meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals simply by increasing the biodiversity in your garden?

Find out the answers to these questions, and much more, when you study Backyard Biodiversity.

*Note: you do not need a backyard to complete this unit – a local park, vegetable garden or nature strip can substitute just fine.


Support sustainable development
This unit is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development goals, helping to build literacy of sustainability at a global level that we are dedicated to supporting through our island state and its extraordinary beauty.


Offered Entirely Online
Backyard Biodiversity is offered entirely online as part of the Diploma of Sustainable Living. You can complete the entire Diploma online, from anywhere in the world!


Apply for the Diploma of Sustainable Living
Backyard Biodiversity is a unit offered within the Diploma of Sustainable Living. This Diploma covers a variety of sustainability topics to apply in your home, community, business or social enterprise.


What you will learn

On successful completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to describe features of common animal groups and identify their similarities and differences
  • Understand biodiversity from an Indigenous Australian perspective
  • Be able to choose the most appropriate techniques to observe different groups of animals
  • Be able to identify and quantify the biodiversity in your backyard or elsewhere
  • Understand how the behavioural characteristics of animals shape their habitat needs
  • Understand the importance of maintaining food webs and their influence on healthy ecosystems
  • Understand where animals find food, and how to create foraging habitat for wildlife
  • Understand how to protect your pets, plants and family, as well as the wildlife that visits your yard
  • Learn how to create a backyard management plan to guide your biodiverse design
  • Consider the value of biodiversity for health, the economy, agriculture, sustainable development and more.

Location: Online

Next unit start: Exact date TBC. Enrolments for 2021 will open in October 2020

General Enquiries:
Course.Info@utas.edu.au
1300 363 864

What the creators say...

"I wish I could have taken this unit when I moved to Tasmania!

Being able to consolidate all of this information into one compact unit has been a great learning experience and has given me the confidence to make my own backyard more biodiverse.

I love being able to share these skills and concepts with my friends, family, neighbours and kids and contribute to our ability to live more sustainably – I hope you will too!"

–  Emily Flies