The Threatened Species Bake Off has concluded for its fifth successive year with winners announced for the competition’s biggest edition yet.
More than 700 entrants from around Australia took part in the cooking challenge, creating sweet treats resembling a range of native species from wattles to wallabies and numbats to night parrots.
Acting Threatened Species Commissioner Dr Fiona Fraser said Australia has over 1900 nationally-listed threatened plants and animals.
“This year’s Bake Off provided a fantastic opportunity to better understand the at-risk species found in your local area and to celebrate the amazing recovery work that is happening across the country,” Dr Fraser said.
“By raising awareness of our threatened plants and animals we hope to get more Australians involved in protecting them and taking actions to help them recover.
“This year’s bake off had a focus on native species that modify, maintain, improve or create habitat, known as ecosystem engineers.
“These plants and animals play critical functional roles in their ecosystem such as pollination, erosion control or seed dispersal, and in doing so can provide benefits to many other species.”
The winners were announced across the Commissioner’s social media, including an incredible Long-footed Potoroo made by Asha which took out the Open Award (15-years and older) for 2021.
With many Australians finding ourselves spending time closer to home, the bake off provided the perfect opportunity for entrants to do something creative with their additional downtime.
Entrants dreamt up creations based on threatened species across Australia, helping to promote awareness and celebrate community efforts to protect and recover these beloved plants and wildlife.
With the largest ever number of submissions there was a wide variety on display, from picture-perfect creations to those done with passion but possibly a little less skill—but every entry counts.
Check out the winners, as well as pictures of all entries into this year’s Threatened Species Bake Off here: https://www.facebook.com/TSCommissioner