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|Grey-headed Flying-foxes have been coming to Melbourne for more than 100 years but numbers have been increasing due to a loss of their habitat in New South Wales and Queensland and the creation of a reliable food supply here. Increased plantings of native trees over the last 30 years and year-round irrigation have resulted in a continual source of food that has made Melbourne more attractive to these animals.|
In 1986 a colony of Grey-headed Flying-foxes took up permanent residence in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Up to 6,000 individuals roosted in the Gardens year-round, with the number increasing to 20,000 during the breeding season.
In 2002 the Grey-headed Flying-fox colony was distributed over approximately 30% of the Royal Botanic Gardens and was damaging heritage-listed vegetation. Particular areas, such as Fern Gully and surrounding trees, could not withstand the stress of continual use by large numbers of Flying-foxes which stripped branches of leaves and killed some trees.
Grey-headed Flying-foxes will always be attracted to Melbourne because of the high quality of food resources it provides. It was therefore agreed that a long-term, sustainable plan for the Flying-fox colony needed to be developed. The plan needed to protect the Royal Botantic Gardenís historic plantings while providing an acceptable campsite for the Flying-foxes.
In March 2003 a large-scale dispersal program was successful in relocating the colony to a more suitable location at Yarra Bend Park, Kew. The criteria used in assessing the suitability of sites were: distance from the Botanic Gardens; the amount of shelter available; the structure of the overstorey vegetation; the understorey microclimate; size of the area; potential for expansion; impact on and distance from human use; current site use; security and services available to the site. Thanks to http://www.dse.vic.gov.au
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I am very glad to see my big love, fruit bats from your camera. Bats are my favourite animals; among them, fruit bats also favourite bats. I have added it to the theme bats-chiroptera, with your permission.
many thanks for showing us this beautiful animal. great shot with focus, POV, composition and colors. thanks for sharing this beauty, best regards