City’s Adopt-A-Patch Program Branches Out To Support Local Birdlife

15 July 2021 9:47 AM

Three local primary schools participating in the City of Kalamunda’s Adopt-A-Patch program are installing artificial cockatoo nests thanks to funding from the Federal Government’s Communities Environment Program to boost local habitat for birds.

Nearly 400 High Wycombe Primary School students sat in on a presentation by Simon Cherriman from the Re-Cyc-Ology Project on local birdlife and habitat prior to the installation of the artificial nest, also known as a Cock-A-Tube.

Students learnt about local flora and fauna and their Aboriginal names along with some tips to help protect our natural assets.  After a brief break to set up the climbing gear and pully system, the students eagerly watched as Simon installed the Cock-A-Tube high up in the tree canopy.

Mayor Margaret Thomas said it was an excellent way to engage with students and to show them that a tree isn’t just a tree but a home for many native animals.

“Understanding how people, plants and animals co-exist is so important and it’s wonderful to see these programs engaging local youth,” Cr Thomas said.

In addition to the High Wycombe Primary School installation, Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School and Edney Primary School also fitted Cock-A-Tubes to local trees last month.

Started in 2019, the City’s Adopt-A-Patch initiative increases students understanding and awareness of the natural world and gives them new skills and an interest in taking environmental action on local reserves.

For additional information on the City’s Adopt-A-Patch Program, call 9257 9999 or email

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