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The Sutherland Shire is home to three Grey-headed Flying-fox camps, including Kareela Flying-fox camp, Camellia Gardens Flying-fox camp and the Desalination Plant Flying-fox camp. The Grey-headed Flying-fox is a threatened species, which means they are at risk of becoming extinct in the medium-term future. Their numbers have declined significantly in recent times due to habitat clearing for development. Their role as pollinators and seed dispersers is critical and, due to loss of habitat, they are increasingly roosting in urban areas.

Council have worked hard towards managing flying-foxes, with a priority on reducing the impact of the camps on the community. All actions undertaken in relation to flying-fox management are undertaken in accordance with state and federal legislation that protects the Grey-headed Flying-fox.

If you find a bat or flying-fox do not handle it.  Call WIRES on 1300 094 737. They have trained and vaccinated volunteers that will assist you.

If you are a resident experiencing significant impacts from a flying-fox camp, or for further information, submit your enquiries to flyingfox@ssc.nsw.gov.au. More information on living with flying-foxes can be found in Council's Living With Flying-Foxes Fact Sheet.

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