Flying foxes are moving closer to towns and people and we need to learn how to coexist with these protected species.
Flying Foxes are an important native species protected by NSW State legislation and for the Grey-headed Flying Fox both State and Federal legislation. Flying Foxes are increasingly moving closer to towns and people in search of food and shelter because of the loss of their natural habitat and in response to local food availability through changed weather patterns.
Co-existing with flying foxes in an urban environment can be challenging for communities. Concerns around noise, mess, smell and disease risk are often raised by the community.
State and Federal government agencies are empowered and responsible for regulating and protecting wildlife and are best equipped to offer advice on public health aspects of co-existence in an urban community. The following links provide resources for living with Flying Foxes:
- Flying-foxes of NSW Fact Sheet (NSW Office of Environment & Heritage)
- Hendra virus (NSW Department of Health)
- Rabies and Australian Bat Lyssavirus Infection (NSW Department of Health)
- Flying Foxes and Health
- Flying fox Camp Management Policy 2015 (NSW Office of Environment & Heritage)
- Living with Grey-headed Flying-foxes
Flying Foxes play an important role in the Australian environment because they are natural plant pollinators and seed dispersers. As a protected species it is important that the animals are left alone, in addition, they are quietest when left undisturbed.
If you come across a flying fox do not handle it, the greatest risk of disease is if you are scratched or bitten. If it is wounded call a wildlife rescue service.
If you have further questions or concerns about flying foxes in your area, call the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage on 131 555.