To chronicle the steps taken in listing the Grey-headed Flying-fox under the NSW TSC Act, and briefly review the evidence on which listing was based.
Type of Study:
Based on population counts during three periods (Ratcliffe in the 30s, Parry-Jones in the 90s and Eby in the 90s) it is clear that the Grey-headed Flying-fox is in decline and at a rate that is significant, though these three point estimates have large error bars around them.
Following public review and over 400 submissions it was the NSW Scientific Committee’s view that there has been a dramatic decline in the population size of the Grey-headed Flying-fox and that several threatening processes, including clearing of winter habitat, fragmentation of native food sources, ‘recreational’ shooting and the direct culling of animals are leading directly to the species becoming endangered. The Scientific Committee therefore proceeded to a Final Determination to list the Grey-headed Flying-fox as Vulnerable.
Response variable :
Population counts for species
Dickman, C., Fleming, M. (2002) Pest, or Passenger Pigeon? The New South Wales Scientific Committee’s assessment of the status of the Grey-headed Flying-fox. In: Managing the Grey-headed Flying-fox as a Threatened Species in New South Wales (eds P. Eby & D. Lunney) pp. 20–28, Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, Mosman NSW.