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Why are they so noisy?

Early morning and evening: You will hear a lot of noise when the flying foxes leave their camp early in the evening to feed and when they return in the early morning. They continue being noisy as they fly around trying to find a roost. During the day they can fight and bicker like children over a favoured spot, usually trying to find one as close as possible to water. Unfortunately this is a daily event while the camp is active.

During the day: When flying foxes are stressed or frightened they make a lot more noise. Colonies tend to be noisiest when they are disturbed by people and least noisy when left alone. If you plan on making some noise near a camp, such as mowing the lawn, you can expect the flying foxes to get rowdy for a while.

Feeding at night: You may experience an individual or small group of flying foxes feeding in your fruiting or flowering trees and shrubs, including palm trees, at night. This will be ongoing until the fruit is finished. If you do not want flying foxes feeding in your backyard you could remove the fruit manually or net the tree to make access for the flying foxes difficult.  You can find more information about netting on the WildlifeFriendly Fencing website, including their brochure about how to 'Protect your garden fruit in a wildlife friendly way'. 


This page was last updated on: 13 September 2019