Call out to farmers to help save the Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo

Red-Tailed Black Cockatoos are endangered, only 1500 remain in the wild Photo: Rick Dawson
Red-Tailed Black Cockatoos are endangered, only 1500 remain in the wild Photo: Rick Dawson

The South Eastern Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo is an endangered species, with only 1500 left in the wild.

Trees For Life is hoping to turn this number around, with their Communities helping Cockies project, and is calling on property owners across the South East to help in their efforts.

Landowners near Mundulla, Wolseley, Frances, Kybybolite, and Hynam are asked to plant buloke trees (Allocasuarina luehmannii) if they have suitable land.

Buloke is one of three native tree species that the cockies will feed on, and it is the rarest, with less than three per cent of original buloke trees still standing in the South East.

The planting of these trees will provide both food and habitat and it is hoped that by increasing their number the local population of Red-Tailed Black Cockatoos will increase.

Trees For Life Habitat Officer, Cassie Hlava explained this is a crucial project.

"The Communities helping Cockies project is providing funding to cover the cost of plantings but we really need help to find more suitable sites," she said.

The project is supported by the Limestone Coast Landscape Board, through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program and is devivered in partnership with Birdlife Australia, Zoos SA and Trees For Life.

To become involved in the project farmers should contact Trees For Life, who will help every step of the way, and provide everything necessary to complete the work.

A team member will come out to the property to work out a plan with you and from there, contractors will be sent out to plant buloke seedlings.

Participating landholder, Jess Livingston was able to have 200 buloke trees planted onto her property.

"Participating in the project was great," she said.

"We were involved in the planting and fencing aspects.

"The team who completed the work were all very lovely and they involved our children in the aspects that they could help with, so that made it a really enjoyable process.

"For us it is a nice continuation of the work that has already been done here by previous owners and custodians of the land that we hope to continue on with."

Trees For Life Revegetation Services Manager, Vick-Jo Russell is excited to get the project going.

"Don't put it off," she said.

"We'd love to get it started."

The Communities for Cockies project will run until June 2023.

This story Save the red-tailed cockie first appeared on Border Chronicle.