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Help protect the environment and steer clear of bats this summer

Published: 24 November 2015

Help protect the environment and steer clear of bats this summer
Grey-headed flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus)

Summer is almost here again – and with the longer days and warmer temperatures comes the occasional heat wave.

With high temperatures predicted this summer, Logan City Council is reminding residents the city’s native fauna feel the heat too.

Parks, Health, Environment and Sustainability Committee Chair, Councillor Trevina Schwarz (Division 11), said native bats, also known as flying foxes, were both an important part of the ecosystem and susceptible to heat stress.

“Flying foxes are essential for native forests, especially eucalyptus and other flowering trees – ensuring pollination and diversity in tree and plant species,” she said.

“Last year thousands of flying foxes fell victim to heat-related stress, and, with a dry and hot summer predicted this year, it’s important to remember that heat-affected bats should only be handled or rescued by qualified carers.

“I understand living near a flying fox colony can be noisy, but residents can take steps to minimise any potential impact – it can be as simple as keeping dogs and other domestic animals away from roosts during the day to reduce stress.

“Logan City Council has adopted a flying fox management strategy – designed to manage the co-existence of flying foxes and residents – and is invested in a statement of management intent to protect our flying foxes.

“Through education we wish to provide a better understanding of their role while mitigating their impact on residents."

Vegetation management education initiatives, including signage, have been rolled out in the past few months and Logan City Council is continuing to deliver on this initiative.

Anyone who finds a distressed flying fox should ensure it is not handled and call Bat Conservation and Rescue Qld on 0488 228 134.

Residents wanting to know more can visit www.logan.qld.gov.au/wildlife