Over the last few years, colonies of the threatened species, Pteropus poliocephalus (the grey-headed flying-fox or more commonly, the fruit bat), have chosen to roost at Myles Dunphy Reserve in Oatley. It's thought that the proximity to the Georges River and the abundance of food in the reserve have attracted the colony to temporarily visit.
The grey-headed flying-fox is protected under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (NSW) and the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Commonwealth). Population numbers are rapidly declining due to their preferred habitat being degraded.
Council has produced an information brochure on the grey-headed flying-fox which addresses common community concerns regarding potential health risks as well as informing residents about their breeding cycle, lifestyle and how residents can help protect their property and the grey-headed flying-fox should it visit during its next roosting period.
Both the NSW Government's Office of Environment and Heritage (formerly the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water) and the NSW Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service incorporated (WIRES) have approved the information contained within the brochure. Council will continue working with relevant departments to provide them with vital research data that will assist the grey-headed flying-fox's protection and management options for this threatened species.
Flying-fox brochure (2.59MB) - Council's information brochure on the grey-headed flying-fox 2009