For over seventeen years, the Recovery Team has been working collaboratively with partner organisations and regional stakeholders to secure and manage important stringybark and buloke habitat of the cockatoo across SA and Victoria. During this time the Recovery Team has achieved many fantastic outcomes that have benefited not only the South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo and its habitat, but a suite of other flora and fauna that occur alongside this endangered cockatoo. This has involved and includes:
  • changes to legislation to protect dead trees as nesting sites across the range;
  • amendments to the West Wimmera Shire Environment Significance Overlay (ESO) to better define and protect both nesting and important buloke and stringybark feeding habitat;
  • several landholder surveys across the Red-tail range that have resulted in widespread better practices by both the Team and regional NRM practitioners;
  • numerous research publications on the decline and recruitment of buloke woodlands, nest site suitability, the effects of fire on stringybark seed production and so on;
  • an extensive habitat modelling project to identify priority areas for revegetation of stringybark and buloke across the range;
  • supporting many partner organisations to deliver and achieve success with large scale habitat restoration projects including the Zoos SA, Trees for Life and NRSE 'Cockies helping Cockies' Project; GHCMA 'Red-tails of the Glenelg Plain' Project and WCMA 'Food for the Future' Project with Greening Australia;
  • changes to fire management practices in Red-tail habitat on public land;
  • working directly with numerous landholders on localised stringybark revegetation projects;
  • facilitation and implementation of a successful Nest Incentive Scheme to locate new nest sites of the cockatoo across the range;                                                                                              
  • twenty-three annual counts for the cockatoo with around 170 volunteers participating each year;
  • a comprehensive review of the existing National Recovery Plan, and development of a new draft five year National Recovery Plan;
  • establishment of a SERTBC habitat propagation project with six regional schools in the South East of SA (schools have set up nurseries to grow stringybark for local revegetation projects);
  • numerous presentations to community groups, schools, local government and NRM agencies regarding the cockatoo and its habitat; and
  • a significant amount of public information including a website, many pamphlets, booklets, posters, education resources and newsletters.
  • the installation of new cockatoo nest boxes in priority locations across the range, and the implementation of a large-scale bioacoustic nest monitoring program
Our work has significantly enhanced community capacity and knowledge of and involvement in natural resource management, all through this important flagship species.
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