This species has been assigned to the Landscape species management stream under the Saving our Species (SoS) program.
Justification for allocation to this management stream
This species is distributed across relatively large areas and is subject to threatening processes that generally act at the landscape scale (e.g. habitat loss or degradation) rather than at distinct, definable locations.
Status in NSW:
The SoS strategy aims to secure the species in the wild for 100 years and maintain its conservation status under the BC Act
The SoS strategy aims to secure the species in the wild in NSW for 100 years, engage local communities in its conservation, and encourage the NSW community to identify with it as a flagship for threatened species conservation.
This action statement aims to address key knowledge gaps for this species, which once resolved, can inform effective management of this species.
This action statement aims to ensure the security of this species in the long-term.
This action statement aims to ensure that the species is secure in the wild in NSW and that its NSW geographic range is extended or maintained.
This action statement aims to secure critical populations of this species in NSW in the long-term.
This action statement aims to secure this population in the long-term.
This action statement aims to maximise the extent of occurrence and condition of the ecological community across NSW.
Species sightings and management sites across NSW
The map below displays the species’ distribution in NSW, based upon the species’ geographic range, habitat distribution or area of occupancy (to as high a resolution as available data allow, using a range of data sources).
Information about the species’ habitat and ecology is available here.
The map may also display one or more management sites where management of important populations is underway. More information is available in the tables below.
The species occurs in the following IBRA (Interim Biogeographic Regionalisation for Australia) regions in NSW:
|Brigalow Belt South
|Darling Riverine Plains
|New England Tablelands
|NSW North Coast
|NSW South Western Slopes
|South East Corner
|South Eastern Highlands
|South Eastern Queensland
Proportion of the species' distribution on reserve
15% of the species' distribution occurs on reserve (within NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service estate).
Critical actions for this species
The key threats to the viability of landscape-managed species are loss, fragmentation and degradation of habitat, and widespread pervasive factors such as impacts of climate change and disease. Many of these threats are addressed by NSW planning, native vegetation, and biodiversity legislation, policy and programs including the offsets program (BioBanking, NSW Biodiversity Offsets Policy for Major Projects), Biodiversity Certification, management of environmental water and reservation under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.
Threats to this species are outlined here.
The actions listed in the action toolbox are supplementary to NSW legislation, policy and programs and can be used by stakeholders, where applicable to guide management at a site, regional or state scale.
|Increase the extent and viability of foraging habitat for the Grey-headed Flying-fox that is productive during winter and spring through dedicated habitat creation and restoration using guides published by OEH (in preparation).|| Site, Area
|Negotiate agreements with landholders, particularly in-perpetuity covenants or stewardship agreements that promote the protection and retention of high quality foraging habitat and roost sites for grey-headed flying-foxes.|| Site, Area
|Rehabilitate degraded flying-fox roost sites through weed management, planting new roost trees, managing understorey vegetation to maintain suitable microclimate conditions, establishing buffers between roost camps and nearby human settlements to minimise conflict.|| Site
|Conduct dedicated engagement programs in communities affected by flying-fox roost sites, building the capacity of all stakeholders to engage in the process of decision-making and developing camp management plans. Provide information about mitigating the impacts of flying-foxes on nearby residences and businesses such as strategic vegetation management, and structural modifications like double-glazing, air conditioning and shade cloths.|| Site
|Distribute public education materials to land managers and local community groups working with contentious flying-fox roost sites highlighting species status, reasons for being in urban areas, reasons for decline etc.|| Site
|Develop site-based heat stress response protocols for camps likely to be affected by heat stress events. Protocols should be based on best practice guidelines (http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/animals/flying-fox-heat.htm), and should be implemented by licensed fauna rehabilitators. Data should be recorded to inform future management of heat stress events (http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/resources/animals/150725-flying-fox-heat-data.docx).|| Site
How will this species be managed?
Key management sites for this threatened species are being identified by the NSW Government
and other program partners, where feasible, cost-effective and beneficial management actions can be undertaken.
Currently, 4 management sites have been identified for this threatened species.