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Community encouraged to help protect local flying foxes

22/01/2020

Georges River Council is asking the community to help protect the local Grey Headed Flying Fox population, which is using Myles Dunphy Reserve as a camp and roosting site. 

Residents can witness the impressive sight of the flying foxes dispersing en masse to feed in surrounding flowering trees in the Spring and Summer months.  

Unfortunately, the animals are a threatened species and the population is in decline due to increased extreme heat days and habitat loss. Council is implementing several measures to lessen the impact of extreme heat days on the flying foxes.  

These include planting more native, shade-bearing trees within the roosting zones and working with WIRES to limit stress to the animals. On days over 40 degrees Celsius, young flying foxes can become heat-stressed and fall from trees, and nearby humans and dogs can cause additional stress.  
Council is requesting that the public refrain from entering the reserve on days over 40 degrees Celsius to lessen the stress experienced by the flying foxes. Due to the presence of the plant killing pathogen Phytophthora cinnamomi within the reserve, Council also asks that visitors remain on the bush tracks and keep dogs properly restrained.  

If you see injured or dead flying foxes, please do not touch them but report it to Council on 9330 6400 and WIRES on 13 000 WIRES.  

For more information on Georges River Council, please visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au or call 9330 6400. 
 
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