National Flying-fox Monitoring Program
The National Flying-fox Monitoring Program (NFFMP) began in 2013 and is a collaborative project between the Australian, New South Wales, Queensland, Victorian, South Australian and ACT governments and the CSIRO.
Status and trends of Australia's EPBC-listed flying-foxes
This report reviews past and current monitoring of Australia’s two threatened flying-fox species, the spectacled flying-fox (Pteropus conspicillatus) and the grey-headed flying-fox (P. poliocephalus). On the basis of this review it considers their current conservation status.
Flying-foxes play an important role in pollinating native plants and dispersing seeds and in return rely on the availability of foraging habitat to survive. Research on flying-fox foraging habitat is therefore necessary for informing decisions for conserving both the species and the important function they perform.
Planting to conserve threatened nomadic pollinators in NSW
In 2016, the previous Office of Environment and Heritage funded a project examining how habitat restoration, enhancement and regeneration initiatives can target vegetation communities that provide food for threatened nomadic pollinators during seasonal bottlenecks in food availability.
The report identifies key winter and spring food plants for nomadic pollinators like the grey-headed flying-fox, and the vegetation communities that contain them. Recommendations for plantings in key regional areas are made, and the threatened pollinators that may benefit from the plantings are identified.
Ranking the feeding habitats of grey-headed flying-foxes
This project defined foraging habitats for grey-headed flying foxes, ranked native vegetation within the range of the species according to the quality of foraging habitat it provides and generated bi-monthly nectar maps to describe seasonal resource changes.
This resource was further developed in 2019 to provide a state-wide assessment of foraging habitat for all three flying-fox species in NSW. This project was undertaken as part of the establishment of the Flying-fox Habitat Restoration Program, funded by the NSW Environmental Trust.
Camp management strategies
During the day, flying-foxes congregate to roost in patches of trees, known as camps. As flying-foxes continue to forage and roost in areas close to human habitation, it is increasingly important to undertake research to inform best practice strategies for camp management.
Camp relocation attempts review
To understand the use of dispersal as a management tool to resolve conflict between humans and flying-foxes, the outcomes of 17 camp dispersal attempts were systematically reviewed. The review identified a set of common outcomes of camp dispersal that should guide their use in Australia.
Subsidies for residents living near flying-foxes
The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment carried out a review of subsidy programs that were implemented to help residents living close to flying-foxes to obtain mitigation equipment and services. The insights from this review are useful for land managers thinking about how to design subsidy programs and what products and services need to be offered.
Camp management case studies
There are a number of published papers that provide case studies of camp management. These are a valuable resource for land managers wanting information about the effectiveness of particular strategies and lessons learnt.