Camellia Gardens Flying-fox Camp

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Camellia Gardens Flying-fox Camp

The Camellia Gardens camp was established during a food shortage in July 2016 and has held up to 2600 Grey-headed Flying-foxes. The camp is situated in Council's Camellia Gardens, on the corner of Matson Crescent and President Ave, Caringbah South, in a residential area adjacent Yowie Bay.The following management actions have been undertaken at Camellia Gardens to date:

  • Developing procedures for the community and Camellia Gardens staff if an encounter with a flying-fox should occur
  • Attempted dispersal of the Camellia Gardens camp (winter 2016), this was unsuccessful
  • Community engagement and events (ongoing)
  • Preparation of an Arboricultural Assessment Report (2017)
  • Preparation of a Flying-fox Camp Management Plan (2018)
  • Bush regeneration and alternative habitat creation in Kareena Park Reserve (ongoing)
  • Installation of deterrents, such as sprinklers and lights, to rest and protect Gardens vegetation from flying-fox roosting (ongoing)
  • Provision of grants to assist directly affected residents with the removal of Cocos Palms and/or fruit (in progress)

Council staff are currently investigating alternative methods to humanely manage the Camellia Gardens flying-fox camp, in order to balance the needs of the flying-foxes, the amenity of the community, and the health of the Gardens' vegetation. The Autumn months (March - May) tend to see higher numbers of flying-foxes flocking to Sydney to breed, however numbers usually decrease again naturally over Winter as the flying-foxes migrate north.

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