Please report any Flying-foxes deceased or alive to us by email – mary.crichton@gmail.com or leave a message on 0422 182 443

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PLEASE DO NOT DISTURB THEM!  They are feeding on delicious Nectar and Pollen from beautiful flowering Eucalyptus and other Native Tree species around Adelaide.  Due to the rains and reduced flowering of these trees, our Flying-foxes may be very hungry!  They may be seen in non-native trees feeding on non-native fruits so PLEASE LET US KNOW!

Please report any Microbats awake during Winter as they MAY be in trouble!

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Thank you for your patience!

 

Recent Vulnerable Grey-headed Flying-fox sightings:   (February to July 2017)

Adelaide’s beautiful Colony of Grey-headed Flying-foxes (still calling the Botanic Parklands their home) have slowly increased (and decreased) in their Colony numbers to around 7,000 lovely individuals.  Our Bat Expert, Terry Reardon, from the South Australian Museum has advised that they are traveling far and wide through Adelaide suburbs and the Hills every night, throughout the year, to feed, and pollinate, on Eucalyptus and Melaleuca, Callistemon, Grevillea, Banksia – native species of blossoms and nectar – as well as Fig and Palm fruits.  They are hungry and need to travel long distances for their dinner.  In Winter, there is limited food resources for them so we need to look after them.  Email or call us at any time for advice.

Recent sightings of small groups of these Flying-foxes have been reported to us in suburbs as follows:

  • Belair, West Croydon, Kensington Park, McLaren Vale, Hillcrest, Beulah Park, Keswick, Thebarton, Houghton, Glandore, Paralowie, Salisbury, Brooklyn Park, Glenelg North, Forestville, Morphett Vale, Felixstow, Paralowie, Paralowie, Salisbury North, Hackham.

 

NEVER DISTURB THEM!  PLEASE OBSERVE THEM ONLY.  Let us know if you have any concerns and we will help you. 

 

Microbats in Autumn and Winter

Our dear Microbats will be going into their semi-hibernation (torpor) very shortly due to their diet of insects becoming less abundant. 

Once again, please do not disturb them.

If you come across a Microbat – usually bought in by the domestic cat – please call us URGENTLY. 

Please do not handle the Microbat with bare hands.  Use a flannel or fabric hand towel using gloves if you can, and place the little one and the clean flannel or fabric hand towel/t-shirt into a pillow case turned inside out.  Use a rubber band to wrap and seal the very top of the pillow case to keep the dear little one inside until help arrives.  Be careful not to rubber band the Microbat!  Place the little one in the pillow case with the clean flannel or clean fabric, gently into a box or container and into a quiet, warm and dark room until help arrives.