CONSERVATION

BATTLING FOR SURVIVAL

With Grey-headed flying-foxes now vulnerable to extinction, and their numbers nationally in decline, now more than ever we need to find ways to co-exist with this incredibly important native species.

Flying-fox numbers have decreased significantly over the last 50 years primarily due to a continual loss of habitat and changing climatic patterns.

WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?

  • Educate others on the importance of Flying-foxes
  • Plant food trees for wildlife, but only those which are found naturally in your area – ask your local council
  • Don’t cut down native flowering trees in agricultural lands otherwise more animals will gravitate to urban settings
  • Join or support local wildlife rehabilitation groups
  • Follow guidelines to safely-net backyard fruit trees and avoid using barbed wire
  • Protect remnant native vegetation on your own property
  • Improve bushland and habitat quality by joining a local bushcare group – check with your local council
  • Minimise flying-fox camp disturbance, especially during breeding season
  • Report any sighting of banded or injured flying-foxes or the establishment of new camps
  • Encourage and support humane, non-lethal crop protection
  • Flying-foxes are very vulnerable to heat stress and sadly die in extreme heat. On days that soar above 40 degrees, do not disturb the animals, as any increased movement or flying can exacerbate any stress the animals feel

WILDLIFE REHABILITATION

If you see an injured flying-fox, do not attempt to rescue it.  Flying-foxes are wild animals and being scratched or botten by one can be very serious, even fatal.  So always contact trained and vaccinated wildlife rehabilitation workers on the contact list below, alternatively, download the Wildlife Rescue App and search by postcode anywhere in NSW to find your nearest rescue centre.

FAWNA: For Australian Wildlife Needing Aid
Gloucester, Stroud, Dungog, Greater Taree, Bulahdelah to northern Great Lakes
02 6581 4141
www.fawna.org.au/

WINC – Wildlife in Need of Care
Port Stephens, Southern Great Lakes, Southern Great Lakes, Southern Dungog
1300 946 295
www.wildlifeinneedofcare.org.au

Hunter Wildlife Rescue (NATFInc)
Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Cessnock and Maitland
0418 628 483
www.hunterwildlife.org.au/

Wildlife Aid Inc
Muswellbrook, Singleton, Upper Hunter
0429 850 089
www.wildlifeaid.org.au/

Wildlife ARC – Animal Rescue and Care Society Inc
Gosford, Hawkesbury, Wyong, southern Lake Macquarie
02 4325 0666
www.wildlifearc.com.au

Australian Sea Bird Rescue
Lake Macquarie, Tuggerah Lakes, Brisbane Water, Hawkesbury River
www.seabirdrescue.org/branches/central-coast

WIRES – Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc
Central Coast
1300 094 737
www.wires.org.au/