Flying foxes return to botanic gardens

Flying foxes in the gardens yesterday.

Flying foxes have returned to the Colac Botanic Gardens, with Colac Otway Shire Council waiting on the environment authority’s permission to begin a dispersal program.

The Colac Herald spotted around a dozen of the bats roosting across at least two trees yesterday afternoon.

It is unclear when the bats first arrived, but Colac Otway Shire Council services and operations manager Frank Castles said the council learned of their presence this week.

“Colac Otway Shire Council became aware early this week of around 50 to 60 grey headed flying foxes at the Colac Botanic Gardens,” Mr Castles said.

“Council currently has a Request to Control Wildlife with DELWP; the request is to disperse bats between March and September, which is outside birthing and nurturing season.

“Any plans council have to implement a relocation program rely on authorisation from DELWP,” he said.

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3 Responses to “Flying foxes return to botanic gardens”

  1. Lawrence Pope

    We have lost tens of thousands of these animals due to heatwaves, starvation and the mass abandonment of pups in 2019 (probably due to drought induced low nectar production). More and more is being asked of private landholders, parks and gardens to act as refuges for Australian wildlife as the tsunami of climate change ravages our country. We also see pups being born early and late and so advise no disturbance at all between September 1 and May 1 each year. Winter often sees the bats move out of many southern camps at any rate. Forest building is what the bats do and with more forest being destroyed flying foxes will be needed more than ever. Our little Aussie battlers need a hand – I am sure we won’t let them down.

  2. Rob Sinclair

    Why can’t people leave these beautiful and intelligent creatures alone.
    1. They are native and therefore should be protected.
    2. They are a vital pollinator for our native flora.
    3. Moving them on especially in heatwave conditions will sign their death warrant, as happened at Yarra Park, Melbourne when over 5000 dropped dead in 1 night.
    We should stop being precious about the impact by native species including possums on our parks and gardens and learn to live with these wonderful and unique animals.

    Rob Sinclair
    Wildlife Carer