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Feral fencing allows return of glossy black cockatoos

An exclusion fencing project near Binya, in the lower Riverina district, is keeping feral animals out of the habitat and encouraging the return of glossy black cockatoos.

William Kite counted 18 black cockatoos in one tree at a dam on his property at Pleasant Valley in January this year.

The impressive numbers come after feral rabbits, goats and pigs were fenced out of the endangered buloke (Allocasuarina luehmannii) woodlands under a native vegetation management project.

The $24,000 project issupported by Local Land Services, through funding fromthe Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and NSW Saving Our Species.

Project Manager, Ron Kocaj of Local Land Services said exclusion fencing was keeping feral pigs on the higher slopes of the cleared farming country and protecting the native vegetation communities.

“The buloke woodlands of the Riverina and Murray-Darling Depression Bioregions are listed as a threatened ecological community by the Australian Government,” Mr Kocaj said.

“This project has allowed us to protect and manage a significant glossy black cockatoo habitat area within a shrinking native landscape.

“The dam at Mr Kite’s property is now the most-visited watering place recorded for glossy blacks in the local area.”

During the annual Lachlan Fold Wildlife Action Group’s glossy black cockatoo bird count last year, 19 birds were counted at the dam in one day.

Under the project, Mr Kite has also been able to keep domestic stock from grazing in the native vegetation communities.

“This fencing means the land can be managed within its capability and the ecosystem functions of the property can improve,” Mr Kocaj said.

“Now that pigs and goats don’t have access to stored runoff water in this area, they have moved on and are causing less damage to this important woodland.”

By enhancing and protecting landscapes, this project supports the implementation of the Riverina Local Land Services’ Strategic Plan.

Caption: 18 glossy black cockatoos were counted in one tree at William Kite’s dam in January

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Media contact: Hannah Ritchie, Riverina Local Land Services, Phone: 0448 851 224