Flying-Fox Habitat Restoration Program

Together with the NSW Government, LGNSW is implementing a $5 million program over 10 years to help councils research, restore and create flying-fox habitats.

The program aims to restore and enhance flying-fox camp and foraging habitat, learn how habitat creation, restoration and enhancement can improve flying-fox conservation, reduce conflict with humans, and share information with key stakeholders.

Flying-fox management is generally conducted in line with Camp Management Plans (CMPs), which councils develop based on the NSW Government’s Flying-fox Camp Management Policy 2015.

Many activities conducted as part of a CMP are short-term and largely aimed at reducing the impacts of camps on surrounding communities e.g. weed removal, trimming under-storey vegetation, or buffer creation by clearing canopy trees or disturbing animals at the camp boundary.

As a result, there has been minimal focus on longer-term flying-fox conservation strategies. This program aims to help address that gap and to add to the research evidence base.

Establishment Phase 2018-19
Over the establishment phase, an expert advisory group worked closely with LGNSW to advise on program design, collaboration and joint ventures. The following reports from this phase are now available:

Flying-fox Camp and Foraging Mapping 2019

If you would like access to Appendices 2-4, please email the Project officer, Sue Ellis.

Flying-fox Habitat Restoration Program Design and Evaluation Frameworks 2019

Habitat Restoration Phase 2020-2030

NSW Government Waratah logoThis project has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.

  • Read about flying-foxes and the community
  • LGNSW has run a grant program with State Government to assist councils and has also developed a Program for Habitat Restoration.