Helping the Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo

NARACOORTE Primary School has been involved with Natural Resources Management and the Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo Project this year to propagate and plant stringybark and other native trees to create suitable feeding and nesting habitats for the cockatoo.

On June 20 Ange Donnelly and Helen McRostie's classes, parents and helpers went out to Thomson's farm to plant out trees for the Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo habit.

The landowners had previously tried direct seeding, with no success, so the school took their project-propagated plants plus others to be planted.

There were 530 plants to dig holes, plant, stake and put around tree guards.

Zavier Foster-Jones carefully pushing the soil around his plant during the primary school's work day at the Thomson's farm.

Zavier Foster-Jones carefully pushing the soil around his plant during the primary school's work day at the Thomson's farm.

The group was hampered a little with the rain but managed to do this job in around two hours.

They were then able to have a pleasant picnic lunch on a neighbouring property and got back on the bus just before a big shower of rain.

Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo coordinator Kerry Gilkes was the organiser of this area, as the site the school planned to revegetate was in the Naracoorte North Nature Park.

This area was not ready this year but now the burn has taken place, it is hoped they will be able to replant this next year.

The school will continue with the project and propagate more trees for that site.

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