Flying-foxes in the Clarence Valley

Clarence Valley Council are working to protect flying-foxes and their habitat and prevent negative interactions with flying-foxes in core habitats. To do this, we are developing a flying-fox management plan and communications strategy for the Clarence Valley, as well as working on habitat regeneration and revegetation in flying-fox habitats to increase buffers.

Clarence Valley Council are working to protect flying-foxes and their habitat and prevent negative interactions with flying-foxes in core habitats. To do this, we are developing a flying-fox management plan and communications strategy for the Clarence Valley, as well as working on habitat regeneration and revegetation in flying-fox habitats to increase buffers.

  • Flying-foxes fighting for food after bushfires

    26 days ago
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    Residents in the Clarence Valley and greater north coast New South Wales may notice some unusual behaviour occurring among the flying-fox (fruit bat) population at the moment. The flying-foxes have been observed flying around during the day, roosting in tree species that they would normally not inhabit, particularly in urban backyard fruit trees, and many are falling out of trees or dying in situ. Some individuals are refusing to return to their colony and are rather staying nearby a food resource to protect it. The unusual behaviour is linked to malnourished bats undergoing starvation.

    Natural Resource Management Project Officer, Dr...


    Residents in the Clarence Valley and greater north coast New South Wales may notice some unusual behaviour occurring among the flying-fox (fruit bat) population at the moment. The flying-foxes have been observed flying around during the day, roosting in tree species that they would normally not inhabit, particularly in urban backyard fruit trees, and many are falling out of trees or dying in situ. Some individuals are refusing to return to their colony and are rather staying nearby a food resource to protect it. The unusual behaviour is linked to malnourished bats undergoing starvation.

    Natural Resource Management Project Officer, Dr Caragh Heenan says that food shortages for flying-foxes can often occur at the end of the winter period on the east coast, but the drought conditions and extensive wildfire this year have exacerbated the situation.”

    Read the full media release: Flying-foxes fighting for food after bushfires

  • Flying-fox project launched

    about 1 month ago
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    Clarence Valley Council is working with the NSW Government and Local Government New South Wales through a funded project 'Maclean Flying-fox Management’ to deliver improved outcomes for flying-foxes in the Clarence Valley.

    The funded work will include on-ground activities to address negative interactions with flying-foxes, including weed removal and revegetation in existing habitat to increase buffers. Education material will be developed and disseminated to residents in flying-fox habitat to help raise awareness about their ecology. We are working on a communications strategy and will be seeking the input of members of the public in the coming weeks.

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    Clarence Valley Council is working with the NSW Government and Local Government New South Wales through a funded project 'Maclean Flying-fox Management’ to deliver improved outcomes for flying-foxes in the Clarence Valley.

    The funded work will include on-ground activities to address negative interactions with flying-foxes, including weed removal and revegetation in existing habitat to increase buffers. Education material will be developed and disseminated to residents in flying-fox habitat to help raise awareness about their ecology. We are working on a communications strategy and will be seeking the input of members of the public in the coming weeks.

    As part of the program, we are also developing a flying-fox management plan for the Clarence Valley Council LGA. The plan will help to define the history of the camps, their ecology, local issues and management of those camps.

    Stay tuned for more information about the project!