The Great Cocky Count (GCC) is a long-term citizen science survey and the biggest single survey for black-cockatoos in Western Australia. On one night in autumn, volunteers monitor known roost sites and count black-cockatoos as they come in to their evening roosts at dusk. Records submitted from across the southwest provide a snapshot of black-cockatoo populations, and over time this has helped us quantify the changes in black-cockatoo numbers.

The Great Cocky Count originally started as a survey method for Carnaby’s black-cockatoos, and focussed just on the roost sites around the Perth Metropolitan area. Over recent years the surveys have expanded to include forest red-tailed cockatoos as well as sites across the southwest. It has been running for over 10 years now.

The Peel-Harvey Catchment has nearly 80 roost sites registered in our catchment so you’re bound to find a site you can monitor near you. You can do this on your own or make a night of it with a group of family and friends.

What you can do?

  1.  Register to monitor a roost site for the Great Cocky Count on the night of the 3rd April by following this link  
  2. Register a new roost site via the link above or email
  3. Attend one of the three Great Cocky Count Workshops across the Peel-Harvey in February. Dates, locations and links to register are below. All COVID-safe protocols and most recent WA Government health advice will be implemented.

  • Coolup – Sunday 13/02/2022 1.30pm – 3.30pm, Coolup Hall. Register here.
  • Jarrahdale – Sunday 20/02/2022 1.30pm – 4.30pm, Bruno Gianatti Hall. Register here.
  • Boddington – Monday 28/2/2022 5:00pm – 6:30pm, Community Resource Centre. Register here

The Annual Great Cocky Count is taking place this year on 3rd April 2022, and is now open for registrations – put it in your diary!

This project is supported by the PHCC through funding from the Australian Government’s Environmental Restoration Fund.

We acknowledge the Noongar people as Traditional Custodians of this land and pay our respects to all Elders past and present