Flying-foxes are part of an interdependent natural system, and their behaviours are complex and hard to predict. This presents difficulties for communities and land managers.
If flying-fox camps are in close proximity to urban settlements they can cause concerns about noise, odour and the prevalence of flying-fox droppings.
Flying-foxes will roost in non-native trees, including invasive weeds and forage for food in urban locations. Their response to management intervention can be unpredictable. In particular, while our level of knowledge of flying-fox behaviour is improving all the time, there may be undesirable impacts from dispersal of a camp.
Proactive camp management
In recognition of camp impacts and community concerns and to streamline regulation under current legislation, OEH developed the Flying-fox Camp Management Policy 2015, which includes a proactive camp management approach. This approach includes a hierarchy of actions and is based on a principle of using the lowest form of intervention required.
The hierarchy of actions approach should be incorporated into your camp management plan.