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Common Blossom-bat (Syconycteris australis)



Species Action Statement

This species has been assigned to the Partnership species management stream under the Saving our Species program.

Justification for allocation to this management stream

Less than 10% of the species' total population occurs within NSW. The vast majority of the species' area of occupancy and population occurs in Queensland.

Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed

Management objectives

This action statement aims to secure critical populations of this species in NSW in the long-term.

Species sightings and management sites across NSW

OEH is currently developing a targeted approach for managing Partnership species species. In the interim, the following management actions have been identified for this species.
  • Ensure a mosaic of nectar-producing trees and shrubs, esp. in coastal heath paperbark swamp as well as rainforest roost habitat. Give high priority in PVP assessments, or other assessment tools.
  • Prepare EIA guidelines which address the retention of a mosaic of nectar-producing trees and rainforest roost habitat.
  • Determine the effectiveness of PVP assessment, offsets and actions for bats.
  • Identify areas of private land that contain patches (including small) of littoral rainforest as areas of HCV in planning instruments and land management tools (e.g. LEP, Catchment Action Plans, PVPs).
  • Promote the conservation of these areas using measures such as incentive funding to landholders, off-setting and biobanking, acquisition for reserve establishment or other means. .
  • Develop and promote State-wide bat awareness programs for schools, CMAs, landholders and industry groups etc.
  • Control coastal weed species eg Bitou Bush, but avoid aerial spraying during the flowering season of important heath species as herbicides can directly collect in flowers that are fed upon at night.
  • Initiate and support rainforest and heath regeneration projects where coastal habitat has been cleared and fragmented.
  • Determine the extent of use of revegetation in development areas that are subject to high ambient light levels. .
  • Identify critical foraging habitat in November when bats are breeding, but when few heath species are flowering. .
  • Identify the impact on bats of weed-spraying at different times of the year .
  • Develop burning strategies that reduce impacts on preferred habitat in known foraging areas.
  • Undertake long-term monitoring of select populations cross tenure.

Are you or is someone you know doing conservation work for this species or in this area?

Contact us to tell us about the work. Your input will help OEH evaluate the status of threatened species and provide a broader picture of conservation work across NSW.