The flying foxes are back in Batemans Bay - and the locals are being reminded of the last time they were here with the noise, the smell and the poo.
Council is trying to determine the locations and numbers with a survey on flying foxes. It's an issue not limited to Batemans Bay, as there's potential flying fox habitat and food resources throughout Eurobodalla. Flying-foxes are sticking to their mobile behaviours and have returned to Eurobodalla in Spring and Summer. There are known roosting camps in Catalina and the Water Gardens at Batemans Bay, and Tuross Head.These camps are currently small and the vegetation buffers Council has created provide physical distance between the roosting flying-foxes and residents. Dispersal activities are not an option while there are dependent young in the camp. In previous years, young have been present until April and May. Regular monitoring of the camps is underway and Council ask that the community help by reporting new day-time sightings of camps to Council.
They say " It is entirely possible a camp could establish near you in the future so it's important everyone has a say."
See http://www.esc.nsw.gov.au/flyingfoxes for details.