Flying Foxes

Byron Shire Flying-fox Camp Management Plan

Byron Shire Council has developed a Byron Shire Flying-fox Camp Management Plan in accordance with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) Camp Management Plan Template and Policy to facilitate licensing of camp management actions in defined urban areas over the next five years. The Plan articulates Council's intent for both existing and new roosts to the community.

On 26 October 2017, Byron Shire Council adopted the Byron Shire Flying-Fox Camp Management Plan.

Flying-fox Community Guidance Group

In 2018, Council will investigate establishing a Flying-fox Community Guidance Group to provide recommendations to Council to increase the understanding of issues relating to the management of flying-foxes particularly in an urban setting.

It is envisioned that the Guidance Group may use its expertise, influence and local knowledge to provide feedback to Council on its adopted management approach.  Members are likely to have a broad base of experience and/or expertise in flying-fox and wildlife management and care and/or represent communities directly impacted by flying-foxes.

If you are interested in being part of the Guidance Group please contact Clare Manning Biodiversity Officer on 6626 7324 .

Why the Grey-headed Flying-fox is listed as a threatened species

Flying-fox camps

Byron Shire's Flying-fox camps

Frequently Asked Questions

Flying-foxes

Right: Grey Headed Flying Fox Image
by Clare Manning

Flying-foxes are large bats that feed on plant products such as fruit, flowers, pollen and nectar. They generally congregate in camps made up of large numbers of individuals, but some also roost singly or in small groups. Camps can be found in a range of vegetation types, usually close to water in an area with a dense understorey.

Flying-foxes are highly mobile, ranging up to 40 km from their camps at night to feed. They also move up to hundreds of kilometres to follow the flowering and fruiting of food sources.

Flying-foxes play a vital role in keeping our ecosystems in good health. They pollinate flowers and disperse seeds as they forage on the nectar and pollen of eucalypts, melaleucas and banksias and on the fruits of rainforest trees and vines. -foxes are important in ensuring the survival of our threatened rainforests such as the Wet Tropics and Gondwana Rainforests, both listed as World Heritage sites.

Seven species of flying-fox are found in Australia. Information on the status and distribution of these flying-foxes are available from the Australia Government Department of the Environment and Energy .

New Legislation - Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016

The Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 (BC Act) commenced on 25 August 2017.  It is an offence under 2.4 of the BC Act and the Local Government Act 1993 for a person to damage any habitat of a threatened species or threatened ecological community.

Any unlawful activity relating to damage to flying-fox habitat will be investigated by Council’s Community Enforcement Team and/or the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH).

Black Flying Fox: Image by Ken Jones

For injured or distressed animals

If you encounter an injured flying-fox, DO NOT TOUCH OR HANDLE , please call:

For more information about flying-foxes in Byron Shire, please contact Clare Manning Biodiversity Officer on 6626 7324 .

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