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Flying-Fox Management Your Input needed

Byron Shire Council needs your input into developing the Byron Shire Flying-Fox Camp Management Plan.

The Flying-fox Engage Survey will inform the Byron Shire Flying-Fox Camp Management Plan being developed with the Office of Environment and Heritage and local consultants, GeoLINK.  The Plan will identify how to manage flying-fox camps in Mullumbimby, Bangalow, Byron Bay (including camps located at Butler Street and Middleton Street) and Suffolk Park.

The intention of the Survey is to provide an opportunity for interested stakeholders and the communities to learn about, rank and make informed decisions on the management options available for flying-fox camps.

The Office of Environment and Heritage have produced a list of camp management options for use at flying-fox camps across the State. These management options underpin the survey.

“By answering the questions in the Survey about what’s important to you, the Survey then suggests the camp management options that most closely meet your criteria. If you don’t agree with the results, you can re-rank the camp management options,” Biodiversity Officer, Clare Manning said.

The survey is open Friday 19 May to Monday 5 June 2017 at http://www.flyingfoxengage.com/byron/

Flying-foxes are a protected species in NSW under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 and, in the case of the Grey-headed flying-fox, under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 and the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

“Records show that the Grey-headed flying-fox may once have numbered in the millions but there are now as few as 400,000 nationally. Flying-foxes are extremely important for plant pollination because they spread seeds over much larger distances than birds or insects,” Ms Manning said.

Byron Shire Council currently monitors five camps across the Shire. Some of these camps have up to 3,500 flying-foxes roosting in trees, mostly grey-headed flying-foxes but black flying-foxes have also been observed.

The project has been assisted by the NSW Government and supported by Local Government NSW and Council.

For more information residents are encouraged to contact Council's Biodiversity Officer on 02 6626 7324.

Black Flying Fox - Photographer: Ken Jones

Black Flying Fox camp

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Byron Shire Council
Ph: 02 6626 7320

Byron Shire is located at Australia's eastern-most point with a population of almost 29,000. It is a thriving community where residents and visitors live, work and play in a sustainable environment and where Council strives to deliver the highest standard of local government services and infrastructure.