Recovering habitat for Gang-gangs after bushfire

As you probably know, the Gang-gang Cockatoo was severely affected by habitat loss following the bushfires of 2019 and 2020 and in March this year the species was declared Endangered.  

BirdLife Australia developed the Gang-gang Bushfire Recovery Project to engage communities in fire-affected regions of Eurobodalla, ACT, Blue Mountains and East Gippsland to take action to support the Gang-gang Cockatoo. Funding was received from the Federal Government’s Regional Bushfire Recovery for Multiregional Species and Strategic Projects Program. We have been so inspired by everyone's efforts in these fire-effected regions to come on board and do their best to help this amazing species.

After a successful first round in these regions, the Gang-gang Cockatoo online education and engagement program was opened to anyone across the species’ range wanting to learn more about Gang-gangs and their ecology, conduct Birdata surveys and how to take action for Gang-gang conservation.  

This has led to some bumper figures and 7,500 new plants in the ground to support Gang-gangs, their habitat, and many other bird species that were also affected by fire: 

  • 4,500 plants planted by Gang-gang Cockatoo Birds in Backyards participants 

  • 900 students and 40 teachers from 18 schools learnt about Gang-gang Cockatoos and planted 300 plants for Gang-gangs at their schools 

  • 2700 plants planted by rural landholders as part of the Birds on Farms program in East Gippsland 

  • 63 participants providing water sources such as bird baths for birds in the area 

  • 70 participants advocating for Gang-gangs including educating their communities, calling for protection of hollow-bearing trees 

  • 300 participants protecting existing habitat for Gang-gang Cockatoos in their own spaces 

  • 60 nest boxes designed specifically for the needs of Gang-gang cockatoos were installed in East Gippsland

Our hope is that by bringing knowledge of Gang-gang cockatoos to the community through education and action, we’ll help to build a legacy of people supporting this species and others like it.  


The Gang-gang project will return in 2023, it’s an online course that will be available for anyone to participate free of charge. You’ll learn about Gang-gang behaviour, the habitat they use, and how you can help them! Register your interest here. 



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