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Black Cockatoo Corridor

Plant a Tree for Me Project in Deep Creek, SA

  • YEAR: 2019
  • STATE: South Australia
  • FOCUS AREAS: Healing our Land/SDG 13: Climate action

Deep Creek Conservation Park is the largest portion of remaining natural vegetation on the Fleurieu Peninsula and is home to an array of native wildlife such as Southern Brown Bandicoots, short beaked echidnas and Southern Emu-wrens as well as another 100 species of birds and reptiles. The Creek systems that flow through the reserves support specialised vegetation types and habitat types. The park also contains some of the last remaining heath and stringy bark open forest (Eucalyptus oblique) on the Fleurieu Peninsula and of She-Oak (Allocasuarina Verticulata), Pink Gum (Eucalyptus fasciculosa) woodland once home to the Black Glossy Cockatoo.

FNPW support

Since 2015 the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife have funded and run many Plant A Tree For Me projects thanks to the generous donations from FNPW supporters across Australia and beyond.

Project overview

This project will continue the success CVA has with our 20 Million Trees project creating stepping stone habitat for Black Glossy Cockatoo on the Fleurieu Peninsula at Wirrina Cover (10km north of Deep Creek) in the first year of the project 400 volunteers have assisted in the project.

This project will focus on achieving specific outcomes related to habitat enhancement at Blowhole Beach through establishment of 2000 Allocasuarina Verticulata trees for food for the Black Glossy Cockatoos. Even though the aim of th project is to provide additional trees for food when the Black Glossy Cockatoos return to the mainland establishment of, She-Oak woodlands will also provide additional food souse and habitat for other regionally rare species such as Firetails. Due the presence of large number of Kangaroos at Deep Creek wire mesh guards 1m tall will be required for this project to ensure tree survival. CVA will also water the trees over summer 2019/2020.

Conservation Volunteers through funding from the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife, Plant a Tree for Me program undertake the enhancement of habitat at Blowhole Beach within the Deep Creek Conservation Park. The project was a success with 126 volunteers enhancing the baron habitat of Blowhole Beach.

Volunteers contributed 945 hours with a total volunteer contribution value of $39,425.40.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

FNPW supports projects across Australia. In the spirit of reconciliation the we acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.

PROGRESS OF THIS PROJECT

The project was completed in 2019.

This project was funded by FNPW in 2019.

PROJECT PARTNERS

Conservation Volunteers Australia is the lead organisation for this project.

Further information about our project partner can be found on their website:

www.conservationvolunteers.com.au

Latest news on this project.

Restoring Habitat On SA’s Fleurieu Peninsula

Deep Creek Conservation Park is the largest portion of remaining natural vegetation on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula. It is home to an array of native wildlife such as the Southern brown bandicoot, Short-beaked echidna and Southern emu-wren, as well as another 100 species of birds and reptiles.

The park also contains some of the last remaining heath and stringy bark open forest on the peninsula and of She-Oak, Pink Gum woodland once home to the Glossy Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami halmaturinus).

Once a prized source of firewood and stock feed during droughts, drooping sheoaks were selectively cleared across the SA landscape, destroying habitat for the glossy blacks. Rabbit grazing prevented the sheoaks from regenerating and with no food for survival, the glossy black-cockatoo disappeared from mainland South Australia.

Using funds contributed by FNPW supporters through our Plant a Tree for Me program, this project focussed on establishing 2000 Allocasuarina Verticulata trees to enhance habitat at Blowhole Beach, creating a stepping stone that will hopefully bring Black Glossy Cockatoos back to the region.

The re-establishment of She-Oak woodlands will also provide additional food source and habitat for other regionally rare species such as Firetails.

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