Flying-foxes play an important ecological role in Australia as they help pollinate plants and spread seeds, which is crucial to the survival of native forests.
The three Flying-fox species found in NSW are:
- Grey-headed Flying-fox
- Little Red Flying-fox
- Black Flying-fox
All Flying-foxes are nocturnal. They roost during the days in camps and travel at night to feed. These camps fluctuate in numbers and can range from a few hundred to thousands of animals.
Flying-foxes may move into urban areas in search of food and shelter, often in response to food shortages or loss of habitat.
Flying-foxes are legally protected in NSW under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016. Grey-headed Flying-foxes are also listed as a threatened species under NSW and Commonwealth legislation.
For more information on Flying-foxes visit Little Aussie Battlers.
Flying-foxes in Dungog Shire
Dungog Shire has nine known Flying-fox camps, located on a mix of privately owned, council and state government lands. These camps are regularly monitored through the National Flying-fox Monitoring Program.
The 2019/2020 summer bushfires resulted in significant loss of habitat and food resources for Flying-foxes. This saw population numbers swell in several local camps, resulting in impacts for surrounding residents.
Council received complaints about noise and odour from the camps, and the presence of carcasses, as many Flying-foxes perished due to heat stress.
Dungog Shire Flying-Fox Management Plan
Council is currently developing a Flying-Fox Management Plan, under the NSW Flying-fox Camp Management Policy 2015.
The Management Plan will provide a framework to help reduce the effects of Flying-foxes on Dungog Shire residents, while conserving the animals and the ecosystem services they provide.
For more information on the management of Flying-foxes in NSW, visit the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment website.
To assist in the development of the Flying-fox Management Plan an advisory committee has been established.
The committee includes representatives from council, state government, the local community and flying-fox specialists, including ecologists and wildlife carers. The first meeting of the committee was held on 21 September 2020.
Have your say
Council is calling on all residents to have their say on these ‘Little Aussie Battlers’, particularly in relation to the camps at Gresford, Dungog and Clarence Town by completing the online community survey.
Plus, just by sharing your thoughts, you'll be entered into the draw to win one of three x $100 vouchers, for use at any business in Dungog Shire.
For your chance to win, simply leave your contact details (including name and email address) at the end of the survey.
Hurry: the community survey closes on Friday 20 November 2020.