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Kooloonbung Creek Flying Fox Camp

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Flying fox camp in Kooloonbung Creek Nature Reserve

The  Kooloonbung Creek Flying-fox Camp Management Plan9MB pdf(PDF, 9MB) was adopted in June 2019. The plan governs our approach to flying-fox management - balancing the needs of residents living near the camp and the welfare and conservation of the flying-fox.  It identifies actions that will be taken to:

  • manage community impacts and concerns associated with the camp,
  • sustainably manage the flying fox camp more effectively,
  • improve community understanding on the critical ecological role of flying foxes,
  • ensure long term conservation of flying-foxes and their habitat,
  • ensure camp management does not contribute to loss of biodiversity or increase threats to threatened species within the reserve 

The  October 2020 Report771KB pdf(PDF, 771KB) outlines the actions that have been implemented under the Plan. 

Flying-fox camp numbers

Numbers generally increase in spring and with seasonal migration and breeding cycles. Numbers can also fluctuate with changing temperatures, and food and water availability. Monitoring of flying fox numbers began in 2012 as part of a national program. The largest number was recorded in 2014 in the range of 173,000, however camp numbers are usually below 20,000.

Counts of our known camps occur quarterly as part of a National Census and extra counts are done throughout the year when camp numbers are noticeably changing. Refer to recent census data below.

 1MB pdf(PDF, 1MB) Kooloonbung Flying Fox Census February 2021925KB pdf(PDF, 925KB)  

 Kooloonbung-Flying-Fox-Census-November-2020.pdf1MB pdf(PDF, 1MB)

 Kooloonbung-Flying-Fox-Census_August2020.pdf3MB pdf(PDF, 3MB)

Frequently Asked Questions - living with flying-foxes

Refer to the  Flying-fox Fact Sheet589KB pdf(PDF, 589KB) for information on their behaviours, species identification and, health and safety tips.

Case Study: Impacts of camp dispersal and clearing vegetation of the Kareela flying-fox camp in Sydney. 

This case study demonstrates the many interacting factors involved in managing flying-fox camps that have impacts on human settlements. Moreover, the Kareela case study adds to the list of flying-fox dispersal attempts in eastern Australia that have been ineffective in permanently removing flying-foxes from a camp. The case study also highlights the importance of understanding the social and political context of flying-fox camp management, in addition to flying-fox ecology.

Read the full case study here. 



This page was last updated on: 04 June 2021