Flying foxes continue to flock back to the Colac Botanic Gardens, with about 2000 animals now roosting in the precinct.
But the bats are likely here to stay for the summer, with permission to disperse them looking unlikely as the protected bats enter their nurturing stage.
Meanwhile, Colac Otway Shire Council is reminding visitors to the gardens to avoid making contact with the native animals.
The council’s services and operations manager Frank Castles said there had been no bats at the gardens from September last year until December, when about 200 arrived before Christmas.
“Bat numbers increased last week and we believe there are about 2000 at the moment,” Mr Castles said.
“The bats are roosting in numerous trees including the gardens’ heritage-listed trees near the fountain and to the east side of the gardens near the playgrounds and barbecue area.
See today’s Colac Herald for more.