Flying-foxes play a crucial role in the Australian eco-system by being one of the most efficient pollinators and seed dispersers of native Australian forest trees. They can fly long distances each night (up to 50 kilometres) distributing pollen and seeds throughout the forests and vegetation of the South Coast. Flying-foxes are a keystone species as they are vital in maintaining ecosystem diversity and health.
All Australian native wildlife species, including flying-foxes, are fully protected. The Grey-headed Flying-fox is listed as a ‘Vulnerable’ under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and the Federal Government's Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
Shoalhaven City Council is working closely with local and national experts to determine a flying-fox management approach that balances the conservation of these important native animals and the amenity of residents, businesses and visitors.
There are plenty of myths around about flying-foxes and how they interact with humans. Below, we provide you with the facts to properly understand the role of bats in the environment and how they choose to interact with people.
Flying-fox Fact Sheet
Flying-fox Baby Season Poster
Flying-fox Camp Management Plan
The Bomaderry flying-fox camp management plan is being prepared by Council in partnership with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH).
The plans’ objectives are to enable land owners and other stakeholders to use a range of suitable management responses to manage flying-foxes and to better understand the effects of flying-foxes on people. It aims to educate and better inform the local community about the benefits and importance of flying-foxes, and to conserve and protect (as required by law) flying-foxes and their habitat. Opportunity to comment on this plan will be made available to the public in August 2018.
The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage has a living with grey-headed flying-foxes fact sheet with more tips and information.
There is evolving research on flying-foxes aimed at developing a better understanding of their ecology, behaviour, movements and population trends to inform management strategies and conservation efforts.
More information on flying-fox research in Australia can be found at the following links:
Please contact Shoalhaven City Council on (02) 4429 3431 for more information.