Flying Foxes


Flying Foxes are an important native species protected by NSW State legislation and for the Grey-headed Flying Fox both State and Federal legislation. Flying Foxes are increasingly moving closer to towns and people in search of food and shelter because of the loss of their natural habitat and in response to local food availability through changed weather patterns.

Co-existing with flying foxes in an urban environment can be challenging for communities. Concerns around noise, mess, smell and disease risk are often raised by the community.


What to do if flying foxes are near you

Flying Foxes play an important role in the Australian environment because they are natural plant pollinators and seed dispersers. As a protected species it is important that the animals are left alone, in addition, they are quietest when left undisturbed.

If you come across a flying fox do not handle it, the greatest risk of disease is if you are scratched or bitten. If it is wounded call a wildlife rescue service.

If you have further questions or concerns about flying foxes in your area, call the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage on 131 555.

Report flying fox sightings

Flying foxes may create new camps in different areas and it is important for Council to investigate possible new camps. If you see flying foxes roosting in new areas, please complete the following online form.

If you see an injured or dead flying fox, please report it using the form below and ensure you do not touch any flying foxes, alive or dead.

Report A Flying Fox Sighting

Flying fox camp management plan

The camp management plans were prepared by Hunter Councils Environment Division in partnership with Council and with funding from the NSW Department of Environment and Heritage.

The plans’ objectives are to enable land managers and other stakeholders to use a range of suitable management responses to sustainably manage flying-foxes, to better understand the effects of and mitigate direct negative impacts on local residents, to educate and better inform local communities about the importance and benefits of flying-foxes, and to conserve and protect, as required by law, flying-foxes and their habitat.

Community views on the flying-fox camps contributed to the plans through submissions, particularly submissions to the website survey, town meetings and individual meetings with impacted residents.

Aberdeen and Scone Flying-Fox Camp Management Plan(PDF, 3MB)

Murrurundi Flying-Fox Camp Management Strategy(PDF, 3MB)