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The Great Western Woodlands (GWW) is a 16 million hectare swath of woodlands, mallee and heath interspersed with salt lakes, granite outcrops and in the north-west, banded ironstone formations (BIF) ranges. The GWW represents the largest intact remaining temperate woodland in the world. In 2011, BirdLife Australia and The Nature Conservancy formed a partnership to fund and oversee a bird research and conservation project in the Great Western Woodlands. Working with teams of dedicated volunteers, systematic bird surveys are conducted, discovering information about the birds in this unique region of Western Australia. The project highlights how important the Great Western Woodlands is to Australian birds and the great opportunity this area provides to learn "How birds use woodlands?" A question we can no longer ask in South East Australia, simply because there are no longer stands of woodland of sufficient size and quality remaining.