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Glossy Black-Cockatoo - photo credit Bobbi MarchiniGlossy Black-Cockatoo - photo credit Bobbi Marchini Tweed Shire has one of the highest levels of population growth in the State. Increased numbers of people, domestic pets and feral animals can impact upon local native wildlife and threatened species. Council is committed to protecting and enhancing the Tweed’s internationally significant environment for current and future generations and is dedicated to helping lessen the impacts to threatened fauna including the Bush Stone-curlew (BSC) and Glossy Black-Cockatoo (GBC) to ensure the ongoing survival of these iconic species in the Tweed.

Bush Stone-curlew and Glossy Black-Cockatoo conservation

Active management of the Bush Stone-curlew population on the Tweed Coast since 2012 has resulted in an increase in the local population, which now represents a significant proportion of the Bush Stone-curlew population in NSW. This project will consolidate the conservation gains made to date in recovering the Tweed Coast Bush Stone-curlew population, expand conservation actions into new areas of known habitat and include conservation actions to protect the Glossy Black-Cockatoo.

Glossy Black-Cockatoo - photo credit Gavin WilliamsGlossy Black-Cockatoo - photo credit Gavin Williams Glossy Black-Cockatoos are very rare and we are extremely lucky to have them in the Tweed. This type of cockatoo feeds almost exclusively on the seeds of she-oaks, but may also sometimes eat wood-boring larvae. The Glossy Black-Cockatoo mates for life, with pairs maintaining their bond all year round. These birds nest in tree hollows.

Project focus

Council has been awarded a grant by the NSW Environmental Trust to work on a project to conserve Glossy Black-Cockatoo and Bush Stone-curlew. This project will focus conservation efforts for the Bush Stone-curlew and Glossy Black-Cockatoo on the Tweed Coast by managing known key threats including habitat loss and disturbance, and predation (seeking out eggs and nests) and disturbance by domestic pets and feral animals.

Bush Stone-curlewBush Stone-curlew The project will focus on engaging with the community about simple measures they can take to protect them including:

  • Managing predator species, for example foxes, cats and domestic dogs
  • Looking after natural habitat and exploring how to make local gardens/farms Glossy Black-Cockatoo and Bush Stone-curlew friendly

Upcoming activities

May 2020
Picnic with the Birds Family Fun Day

This family fun day will include fun and interesting activities and a talk by a bird expert to promote awareness of Bush Stone-curlew and Glossy Black-Cockatoo and to encourage the community to get involved with bird counts.

Bush Stone-curlewBush Stone-curlew (BSC)

September 2020
Bush Stone-curlew - 'Curlew Count'

Join Tweed Shire Council for the annual the 'Curlew Count'. Meet for morning tea and to learn about how to survey for Curlews and where to look for them on the Tweed Coast. Once the survey has been completed, the day will wrap up with a sausage sizzle.

October 2020
Glossy Black-Cockatoo Birding Day

A call for bird lovers to join Tweed Shire Council for an information session about Glossy Black-Cockatoos, and to participate in the Glossy Black Conservancy’s long-term citizen science project. Free workshop, bird viewing and lunch.

Keep an eye out for updates about these events and other upcoming activities.

Find out more about Glossy Black-Cockatoos (external link) and Bush Stone-curlews.

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