To examines the consequences of a coordinated, government-sponsored attempt to relocate a flying-fox camp in the township of Maclean, northern NSW.
Type of Study:
The total cost of the Maclean relocation attempt was at least $400,000 including 640 person-hours of effort. Flying-foxes made 23 attempts in those years to return to the original camp, although the frequency of attempts declined over time. Twelve other sites were used during this time as temporary camps, including seven sites not previously occupied. In 2004, flying-foxes established a new continuously-occupied camp in the Iluka township, 16 km north east of Maclean. By comparison, In Melbourne, thousands of person-hours of effort and approximately $3 million were needed for the dispersal (including associated research and purchase of additional habitat). The benefits of the Melbourne relocation in reducing conflict with the general community and protecting heritage trees could perhaps be considered to outweigh the financial cost. However, these resources are beyond the means of most small rural and regional communities.
Noise disturbances created at the Maclean camp
The outcome after nearly a decade of dispersal attempts at Maclean was that flying-foxes continued to return periodically to the original site, and there were more camp sites established in the region, over a wider area than previously known from historical records, and the number of affected residents experiencing conflict had increased.
Data were collected from the literature, through interviews with stakeholders, and from government records.
Lower Clarence Region, north-eastern NSW.
Response variable :
Locations of flying-fox camps
Forests and urban areas
Roberts, B. J., Eby, P., Catterall, C. P., Kanowski, J., Bennett, G. (2011) The outcomes and costs of relocating flying-fox camps: Insights from the case of Maclean, Australia. Aust. Zool. 35, 277–287.