Private properties key to glossy black-cockatoo conservation

Kangaroo Island has a vast network of parks, however, approximately 36% of the Island’s native vegetation is on private properties, making private land very important for the conservation of several threatened species that Natural Resources Kangaroo Island are working hard to help. GBC chick

The glossy black-cockatoo is one such species that relies heavily on the patches of native vegetation that remain on private properties. 

Its key habitat types tend to occur where agricultural clearance took place, and hence around 70% of nests are located on private property.

Glossy Black-cockatoo Recovery Program manager, Karleah Berris, says that the private landholders cooperation has been vital.

“Majority of landholders on Kangaroo Island with glossy-black cockatoo habitat on their properties allow our staff access to their land to protect nests from possums. 

“This cooperation and interest from the community is what has made this program such a success, and we thank all landholders who have so willingly played their part over the years in helping this species to recover.  

“Around 10% of all known glossy black-cockatoo nests occur in native vegetation adjacent to Tasmanian blue-gum plantations, so it has also been really important to be able to work collaboratively with landowners such as Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers” said Ms Berris. 

KIPT has not only provided $72,500 sponsorship for the glossy black-cockatoo recovery program for this financial year, but also taken a keen interest in the flocks of glossies that occur on its properties. 

Managing Director John Sergeant and Executive Director Shauna Black have both taken the time to hear first-hand from recovery program staff about the flocks on their properties and the work of the recovery program more broadly. 

 “The glossy black-cockatoo is important to the Kangaroo Island community and with more than 7000 hectares of native vegetation on our plantation properties, we are keen to manage it in a way that supports the recovery program” Ms Black said.

To learn more about the Glossy Black-cockatoo Recovery Program and read our latest newsletter, please visit our website at http://www.naturalresources.sa.gov.au/kangarooisland/plants-and-animals/native-animals/glossy-black-cockatoo-recovery

 

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