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East Cessnock Flying Fox Camp

Camp Management Plan

At the Ordinary Meeting of 20 September 2017 Cessnock City Council resolved to adopt the East Cessnock Flying-Fox Camp Management Plan. 

The Camp Management Plan has been developed in partnership with the community, state and local government as a tool for the management of the Camp. 

Warning:

Do not attempt to capture or touch a flying -fox, even if it is dead, sick or injured. Contact Hunter Wildlife Rescue (Native Animal Trust Fund) and a trained and vaccinated professional will come an attend to the animal.   If you are bitten or scatched seek medical attention immediately.   Hunter Wildlife Rescue  - 0468 924 986 or 0412 945 659.

History

  • 2011 - Grey Headed Flying-foxes began camping in a parcel of Crown land behind East Cessnock Public School
  • 2011 - 2015 - Grey Headed population varied between none and 15,000
  • 2015 - February - 21,000 Grey Headed and 500 Black Flying-foxes
  • 2015 - May - Camp vacated
  • 2015 - November - 4,500 Grey Headed Flying foxes
  • 2016 - February - 15,000 Grey Headed and 20,000 Little Red Flying-foxes

Current Situation

The last census was undertaken in early May with the population of Grey Headed reducing to 12,000, predominantly roosting on the southern side of Maitland Road. The Little Reds however had increased to in excess of 35,000 (plus babies) and these are the Flying-foxes roosting behind the School.

Flying-foxes in Australia

Flying-foxes are nomadic mammals that fly across eastern and northern Australia. There are three types of megabats (or Flying-foxes) native to NSW, two which are currently impacting upon East Cessnock;

Little Red Flying-fox

Little-red flying-foxes are the most widespread species of megabats in Australia. They occupy a broad range of habitats found in northern and eastern Australia including Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria.                                                                                                          

Little Red Flying Foxes are not listed under State or Federal threatened species legislation. Like any native animal (eg Magpies) they are protected from harm by the National Parks and Wildlife Act (1974).

Grey headed Flying-fox

The grey-headed flying-fox is easily recognisable by its rusty reddish-coloured collar, grey head and hairy legs. It is also the most vulnerable species because it competes with humans for prime coastal habitat along the south-east Queensland, NSW and Victorian coasts. Read more about it in its profile - Grey-headed Flying-fox - Profile

Flying-fox Camp Management Policy 2015

The Flying-fox Camp Management Policy 2015 empowers land managers, primarily local councils, to work with their communities to manage flying-fox camps effectively. It provides the framework within which the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) will make regulatory decisions. In particular, the policy strongly encourages local councils and other land managers to prepare camp management plans for sites where the local community is affected.

 

 

 

 

 

More information can be found at Flying-Fox Camp Management Policy 2015

Tips for coping with living near Flying-Foxes

 © State of New South Wales and Office of Environment and Heritage [2016]  

Government Response

Council are working in partnership with the NSW Crown Lands Department, Office of the Environment and Heritage and the NSW Department of Education to develop a Camp Management Plan for the East Cessnock Camp. The Camp Management Plan will developed in accordance with the Flying-fox Camp Management Policy 2015.