Flying-foxes are native mammals belonging to the group known as the megabats. There are three species found in northern NSW; Grey-headed flying-fox, Black flying-fox and Little red flying-fox. Please refer to the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage webpage (See Useful Links) for information regarding the three species.
There are a number of known flying-fox camp sites on private land and public land in Tweed Shire, located at Tweed Heads, Banora Point, Terranora Broadwater, Chinderah, Kingscliff, Bogangar, Pottsville Environment Park, Murwillumbah (Frangela Drive Reserve Camp Site) (149kB PDF)
, Bray Park, Uki, Burringbar and Tyalgum. A number of these camps are used only seasonally or infrequently, while others are more permanent. Camps play an extremely important role in the ecology of flying-foxes. These daytime roosting areas are where individuals interact socially, breed and raise their young.Flying-foxes travel large distances to feed, locating fruit and nectar with an excellent sense of smell. In the process, they provide the vital ecosystem service of pollination and seed dispersal for our local forests.
Flying-foxes and their camps are protected under NSW and Commonwealth legislation.
Some Tweed Shire residents have expressed concern about public health issues arising from flying-foxes and their roost sites. The advice from health experts is that there is no evidence that people living close to flying-fox roost sites suffer higher levels of disease than the rest of the population or any evidence that suggests flying-foxes pose a greater health risk to humans through contamination of roof-collected drinking water than any other faecal contamination.
Who to contact:
Further information can be obtained from the links below or by contacting Council on (02) 6670 2400:
- For public health and amenity issues ask for Environmental Health Section
- For information on a flying fox colony ask for the Natural Resource Management Unit
For assistance with sick or injured flying-foxes contact:
- Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers (02) 6672 4789