To provide an overview of how science is informing the management and conservation of the Grey-headed Flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) in New South Wales.
Type of Study:
The DECC continues to advocate full exclusion netting as the only reliable, non-lethal method for preventing flying-fox damage to commercial crops. The Greyheaded Flying-fox is an intelligent animal that quickly learns whether a potential threat is real or perceived. Negative public attitudes and conflict with humans remains a threat to the species, as identified in the NSW Scientific Committee’s final determination to list the species as Threatened.
The results of Ballard's study highlight the importance of a strategic public education programme, targeted at multiple audiences and at various geographical scales (local, regional and national). It illustrates the challenges conservation managers face in dispelling misinformation in the public domain; for example, the actual risks to human health with respect to diseases carried by flying-foxes versus the perceived risks. The Flying-fox Camp Management Policy has been applied to several proposed relocations of flying-fox camps (e.g. Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Singleton, Maclean), providing an open, transparent and accountable, best-practice process.
New South Wales
Response variable :
McClelland, K. (2009) Challenges and recovery actions for the widespread, threatened Grey-headed Flying-fox: A review from a New South Wales policy perspective. Ecol. Manag. Restor. 10, 110-116.