How do I report a flying fox colony?

You can report new wildlife sightings to the Environment Line. This information is passed on to the GIS unit for entry into the NSW Wildlife Atlas. This service also handles any complaints about a disturbance caused by or to a colony and will refer them to the Environment, Energy and Science Group within Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

Contact Environment Line
By phone: 131 555
By email:

Learn more about flying foxes

Flying fox fact sheet

Sick or injured flying foxes

If you find a flying fox alone, on the ground or entangled in power lines, it is probably injured and you should report it to the NSW Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service (WIRES).

Sydney Wildlife also rescues flying foxes in the Sydney area. You should not approach or handle a flying fox.

Contact WIRES: 1300 094 737

Contact Sydney Wildlife: (02) 9413 4300

Risk of disease

Catching a disease from a flying fox is extremely unlikely; however, caution should be exercised to ensure safety. If you are bitten or scratched by a flying fox, thoroughly wash the wound, apply an antiseptic solution and see your doctor immediately. Dogs and cats should be kept away from flying fox roost sites where possible.

Flying foxes on your property

In your backyard

Flying foxes should not be a problem if they visit your backyard. Residential backyards are rarely ideal roosting habitat for flying foxes. They may enjoy eating the nectar from any native flowers there, or occasionally your backyard fruit, but generally they will not stay for more than a week or two.

Protecting crops

More information is available from Protecting commercial crops from flying-fox damage.