Flying-foxes in the Shoalhaven

Shoalhaven City Council is working closely with local and national experts to determine a flying-fox management approach that balances the conservation of these important native animals and the amenity of residents, businesses and visitors.

Flying-foxes play a crucial role in the Australian eco-system by being one of the most efficient pollinators and seed dispersers of native Australian forest trees. They can fly long distances each night (up to 50 kilometres) distributing pollen and seeds throughout the forests and vegetation of the South Coast. Flying-foxes are a keystone species as they are vital in maintaining ecosystem diversity and health.

All Australian native wildlife species, including flying-foxes, are fully protected. The Grey-headed Flying-fox is listed as ‘Vulnerable’ under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and the Federal Government's Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

There are plenty of myths around about flying-foxes and how they interact with humans. Take a look at Council's Flying-fox Fact Sheet and Flying-fox Baby Season Poster to understand more about the role of bats in the environment and how they choose to interact with people.

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage has a living with grey-headed flying-foxes fact sheet with more tips and information.


Flying-fox Research

There is evolving research on flying-foxes aimed at developing a better understanding of their ecology, behaviour, movements and population trends to inform management strategies and conservation efforts.

More information on flying-fox research in Australia can be found at the following links:


Flying-fox Camp Management Plan

A Bomaderry flying-fox camp management plan is being prepared by Council in partnership with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH).

The plans’ objectives are to enable land owners and other stakeholders to use a range of suitable management responses to manage flying-foxes and to better understand the effects of flying-foxes on people.

The Plan aims to educate and better inform the local community about the benefits and importance of flying-foxes, and to conserve and protect (as required by law) flying-foxes and their habitat.

Opportunity to comment on this plan will be made available to the public in October 2018.


Shoalhaven City Council is working closely with local and national experts to determine a flying-fox management approach that balances the conservation of these important native animals and the amenity of residents, businesses and visitors.

Flying-foxes play a crucial role in the Australian eco-system by being one of the most efficient pollinators and seed dispersers of native Australian forest trees. They can fly long distances each night (up to 50 kilometres) distributing pollen and seeds throughout the forests and vegetation of the South Coast. Flying-foxes are a keystone species as they are vital in maintaining ecosystem diversity and health.

All Australian native wildlife species, including flying-foxes, are fully protected. The Grey-headed Flying-fox is listed as ‘Vulnerable’ under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and the Federal Government's Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

There are plenty of myths around about flying-foxes and how they interact with humans. Take a look at Council's Flying-fox Fact Sheet and Flying-fox Baby Season Poster to understand more about the role of bats in the environment and how they choose to interact with people.

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage has a living with grey-headed flying-foxes fact sheet with more tips and information.


Flying-fox Research

There is evolving research on flying-foxes aimed at developing a better understanding of their ecology, behaviour, movements and population trends to inform management strategies and conservation efforts.

More information on flying-fox research in Australia can be found at the following links:


Flying-fox Camp Management Plan

A Bomaderry flying-fox camp management plan is being prepared by Council in partnership with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH).

The plans’ objectives are to enable land owners and other stakeholders to use a range of suitable management responses to manage flying-foxes and to better understand the effects of flying-foxes on people.

The Plan aims to educate and better inform the local community about the benefits and importance of flying-foxes, and to conserve and protect (as required by law) flying-foxes and their habitat.

Opportunity to comment on this plan will be made available to the public in October 2018.


  • Complete the Shoalhaven Flying-Fox Camp Survey

    7 days ago
    CLOSED: This survey has concluded.
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    The Shoalhaven Flying-fox Camp Survey is now open!

    The survey is open from 17 September to 13 November 2018.

    The survey aims to provide Council with the best means of co-creating a long-term environmental management solution for living in harmony with flying-foxes.

    The uncertainty surrounding the spatial extent of potential flying-fox impacts in the future means it is important the Brinawarr Street Flying-fox Camp has a Council-wide focus.

    Feedback from this survey will help identify preferred principles for future management actions that align with community values, feasible costs, animal welfare and conservation and community health.

    Please allow approximately 15 minutes to complete the survey.

    Begin the survey...

    The Shoalhaven Flying-fox Camp Survey is now open!

    The survey is open from 17 September to 13 November 2018.

    The survey aims to provide Council with the best means of co-creating a long-term environmental management solution for living in harmony with flying-foxes.

    The uncertainty surrounding the spatial extent of potential flying-fox impacts in the future means it is important the Brinawarr Street Flying-fox Camp has a Council-wide focus.

    Feedback from this survey will help identify preferred principles for future management actions that align with community values, feasible costs, animal welfare and conservation and community health.

    Please allow approximately 15 minutes to complete the survey.

    Begin the survey...

  • Community Engagement Event - Bomaderry Community Centre

    about 2 months ago
    Bomaderry community centre

    Community members are invited to attend a Community Engagement Event on Tuesday 16 October between 4pm – 6pm at Bomaderry Community Centre to contribute to discussions regarding flying-foxes in the Shoalhaven.

    The event is being held to hear from local residents and provide the community with consistent and accurate advice. It is also a great opportunity for residents to seek advice from a number of flying-fox specialists with a range of experience and expertise.

    Environmental Officers from Shoalhaven City Council and Threatened Species Officers from the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage will be attending the event along with a Flying-fox Veterinarian, a flying-fox expert from South Coast Wildlife Rescue and a professional facilitator.

    Feedback provided by residents at the event will help inform a long-term environmental management solution for living in harmony with flying-foxes.

    For further information, please contact Chloe Reekie, Council’s Planning and Assessment Officer on 4429 3514.

    Community members are invited to attend a Community Engagement Event on Tuesday 16 October between 4pm – 6pm at Bomaderry Community Centre to contribute to discussions regarding flying-foxes in the Shoalhaven.

    The event is being held to hear from local residents and provide the community with consistent and accurate advice. It is also a great opportunity for residents to seek advice from a number of flying-fox specialists with a range of experience and expertise.

    Environmental Officers from Shoalhaven City Council and Threatened Species Officers from the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage will be attending the event along with a Flying-fox Veterinarian, a flying-fox expert from South Coast Wildlife Rescue and a professional facilitator.

    Feedback provided by residents at the event will help inform a long-term environmental management solution for living in harmony with flying-foxes.

    For further information, please contact Chloe Reekie, Council’s Planning and Assessment Officer on 4429 3514.

  • Interpretive Sign Installed

    about 1 month ago
    Flying fox sign installation bomaderry

    On 18 September 2018, Shoalhaven City Council staff installed a large interpretative sign at the Brinawarr Street Grey-headed Flying-fox Camp Bomaderry to help inform the community of the importance of this keystone species.

    Last summer the number of Grey-headed Flying-foxes at the camp reached well into the thousands. Whilst some residents were thrilled to be living in close proximity to these very important animals, some residents had concerns about the potential risk of disease, and noise and odour from the camp. The new sign provides information that may help these residents better understand the species.

    Council staff alongside local and...

    On 18 September 2018, Shoalhaven City Council staff installed a large interpretative sign at the Brinawarr Street Grey-headed Flying-fox Camp Bomaderry to help inform the community of the importance of this keystone species.

    Last summer the number of Grey-headed Flying-foxes at the camp reached well into the thousands. Whilst some residents were thrilled to be living in close proximity to these very important animals, some residents had concerns about the potential risk of disease, and noise and odour from the camp. The new sign provides information that may help these residents better understand the species.

    Council staff alongside local and experts from the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage are also encouraging Shoalhaven residents to have a discussion regarding the local Grey-headed Flying-fox population via a community engagement and information workshop to be held at the Bomaderry Community Centre on Tuesday 16 October, from 4-6pm.

    Pictured: Kylie Coutts-McClelland (OEH), Fay Pedersen (Bomaderry resident), Janine Davies (Wildlife Rescue South Coast) Chloe Reekie (Shoalhaven City Council Environmental Officer) and Steen Pedersen (Bomaderry resident)