Nature conservation

Threatened species

Yellow-bellied Sheathtail-bat (Saccolaimus flaviventris)

Species Action Statement

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, defineable locations.

Conservation status

Management objectives

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.

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:

Australian Alps
Brigalow Belt South
Broken Hill Complex
Channel Country
Cobar Peneplain
Darling Riverine Plains
Mulga Lands
Murray Darling Depression
New England Tablelands
NSW North Coast
NSW South Western Slopes
Simpson Strzelecki Dunefields
South East Corner
South Eastern Highlands
South Eastern Queensland
Sydney Basin

Proportion of the species' distribution on reserve

13% 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.

Action toolbox

Action DescriptionScale
Encourage land managers to enter into land management agreements that protect and restore key areas including the retention of suitable hollow-bearing trees and recruitment trees. Site
Raise awareness among landholders about the importance of retaining large live and standing dead hollow-bearing trees in the landscape as habitat for the species. Site, Area
Raise awareness amongst landholders in close proximity (approximately 15km radius) to maternity or roost sites, of the potential impacts of using harmful pesticides and other chemicals and discourage their use in or adjacent to foraging habitat particularly in riparian zones around waterways such as rivers, creeks, lakes and dams. Area
Raise public awareness of the damage caused to habitat by thinning, slashing, underscrubbing and inappropriate grazing, and encourage land managers to retain tree density and a floristically and structurally diverse and spatially variable mid and understorey. State
Undertake restoration and augmentation planting and/or direct seeding, including species from the ground layer and understorey in areas of degraded and/or potentially suitable habitat where weeds can be effectively managed. Revegetation should focus on expanding existing smaller areas of suitable habitat and connecting areas of suitable habitat to create corridors for movement. Maintain and improve travelling stock reserves used by the species. A diversity of local native species should be planted. Site
Control or remove exotic weeds, particularly in riparian zones, that degrade habitat and alter the structure of the vegetation community in areas of the species' distribution. Ensure that such weed control work be undertaken in a staged manner and minimises disturbance to the habitat of the species and prey species (insects). Develop and implement a bush regeneration strategy (which includes monitoring and reporting requirements) targeting the removal of weeds significantly compromising habitat values such as the repression of future hollow-bearing trees. Care should be taken to avoid widespread removal of vegetation without replacement. Manual weed removal is preferable and the use of herbicides should avoid non-target impacts. Leave dead trees standing. Encourage land managers and bushcare groups to undertake weed control. Site
Undertake research into habitat use and roost ecology in order to better understand and protect habitat for the species. State

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, no management sites have been identified for this threatened species.

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.