Flying fox hanging upside down in a tree

Flying-fox home base project

Project Status

Complete
Grant funding awarded
Aug 2022
Complete
Ecological assessment and restoration plan completed
Apr 2023
Complete
Community planting conducted, community engagement strategy completed
May 2023
Complete
Site preparation
July 2023
Complete
Planting of native seedings at restoration site
Aug 2023
Current
Twice annual weed maintenance and watering
2024 - 2026
Current
Replacement planting to maintain 85 per cent survival rate
2024 - 2026
Current
Annual ecological assessment
2024 - 2026
Current
Ongoing flying-fox education and awareness program
2024 - 2026
Upcoming
Annual weed maintenance and watering
2027 - 2030
Upcoming
Ongoing monitoring and recordkeeping at the site
2027 - 2030

Flying-foxes play an important role in our local ecosystem, contributing to biodiversity and pollination, but they also pose challenges, such as undue noise, damage to property, odour and mess, when living in areas alongside the community.

We’re working on revegetating an area of land east of Beryl Humble Oval in Tenambit with the planting of 3000 native seedlings to create healthy, suitable so that flying-foxes can roost and feed somewhere situated away from residential homes and private land.

To do this, we’re using grant funding to establish and cultivate alternative habitat, as well as engage with the local community to help shape attitudes towards flying-foxes and measure those changes over time.

This project is part of the Flying-fox Habitat Restoration Program assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust in association with Local Government NSW.

Facts about flying-foxes

  • There are three species of flying-fox found in Maitland. The grey-headed flying-fox, the little red flying-fox and the black flying-fox.
  • Maitland is home to four flying-fox camps, however monitoring completed in 2023 shows three are currently vacant. These are:
    • Belmore Road, Lorn (vacant)
    • Hannan Street, Maitland (vacant)
    • Natalie Close, Tenambit (vacant)
    • Regent Street, Maitland (home to 3,500-4,000 grey-headed flying foxes)
  • Flying-foxes are protected in New South Wales under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016. It is an offence to harm or attempt to harm them, including removal of branches where they roost.

Frequently asked questions and misconceptions