Colac Otway Shire Council will look to move Colac’s bat population and it estimates numbers have quadrupled in the past month.
The council said it would work with relevant authorities and interest groups to develop a plan to relocate more than 4000 grey-headed flying foxes from Colac Botanic Gardens.
Council service and operations manager Frank Castles said the bat population had increased dramatically over the past month and threatened multiple trees in the gardens including heritage-listed trees.
“They are not just in the one heritage-listed tree anymore, we’ve had another colony arrive and they are in other trees as well,” he said.
Mr Castles said he met with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning last week to “discuss the current status of the bats in Colac, along with the Geelong Botanical Garden’s experience”.
The council said Mr Castles also had a discussion with a representative of the Friends of Bats and Bushcare about the flying foxes.
“In the discussion with the Friends of the Bats representative, it was agreed that the number of bats in the gardens is a problem and that they threatened the trees in the gardens,” Mr Castles said.
See today’s Colac Herald for more.