Vulnerable Grey-headed flying foxes along Enoggera Creek

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The last few weeks have seen a significant increase in the size of the Grey-headed flying fox colonies along Enoggera Creek at both Riaweena Street, The Gap, and Banks Street Reserve, Ashgrove. The new arrivals are believed to have come from Victoria and New South Wales. The migration event originally commencing on the south side of Brisbane, where bottlebrush plants were in flower, with the animals moving to our area as eucalypts commenced flowering. All the city’s flying fox camps have observed an increase in numbers. The smell should be subsiding now, as mating season for this species has ended.

Despite the large numbers present in these colonies, the Grey-headed flying fox populations are declining nationally and the species is listed as vulnerable. These animals are protected by the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 due to the significant reduction in their numbers.

All flying foxes play an incredibly important role for the environment, travelling up to 50km a night, pollinating many of the native trees that form our valuable forests and spreading the seeds. The flying foxes will move between the various colonies in Brisbane.

If you see the flying foxes along Enoggera Creek being disturbed on purpose (e.g. residents trying to scare them off), please call the Brisbane City Council contact centre on 3403 8888 so that the Council’s rapid response team can follow up and visit..

If you see a bat on the ground, or on its own, then it needs assistance. Please call either RSPCA (1300 264 625) or Bat Conservation and Rescue (0488 228 134). Do not handle the bat yourself.  Further information is available at this flying-foxes link.

Grey-headed flying fox PHOTO: Ed Bennett

 

Flying foxes in River sheoak Casaurina cunninghamiana PHOTO: Ed Bennett