Flying foxes live life large across the landscape. They are the chief pollinators and seed carriers for many species of forest trees.
Northern NSW Local Health District is urging residents to avoid contact with fruit bats (also known as flying foxes) after reports of increased numbers in Northern NSW.
More than 2000 flying foxes have died from the heatwave with thousands of dead bats picked up by Richmond Valley Council officers in Casino's McAuliffe Park, in the Hickey and Barker streets area, as well as in Queen Elizabeth Park, along the riverbank, and on the roadway.
Wildlife Carers are preparing for another devastating bat die off this summer by launching a guide to management of Flying-fox heat stress events in the Tweed Valley.
Last weekend WIRES Northern Rivers hosted a Bat Party at Clunes to celebrate the rescue and release back to the wild of 400 flying-fox pups rescued from the heat stress event in Casino in November last year.
‘It was literally raining bats at Casino on Saturday,’ said WIRES incident manager Katy Stewart of the catastrophe that faced wildlife carers as thousands of bats dropped dead out of the trees in the 44-degree heat.
Tim Acklin, Mullumbimby. I wish to address Terry Newling’s letter on bats in the May 2 edition of Echonetdaily. Firstly, I would like to point out that the animals that Terry is talking about are not bats but mammals commonly known as flying foxes. By using the name ‘bats’, it is conjuring age-old hatreds to support his arguments.
Terry Newling, Mullumbimby. Bats bring disease, they smell, are noisy, spray people, stain roofs and consequently pollute water in tanks, strip trees bare, and we see everywhere a problem around schools and the possibility of affecting children’s health