REVEALED: How many bats are in the North Burnett?
NORTH Burnett Regional Council has revealed how many bats live in our region in an online FAQ published to its website.
They have also explained the constraints they are under when it comes to roost dispersal.
The bat population in the North Burnett is:
- Monto: Approximately 50,000 little red flying foxes and several hundred grey-headed flying foxes roosting in trees between Lister St and Monto State High School.
- Biggenden: Approximately 150 grey-headed flying foxes and little red flying foxes roosting in trees adjacent Edward St.
- Coalstoun Lakes: Approximately 600 grey-headed flying foxes and black flying foxes roosting in a reserve.
- Gayndah: Approximately 35,000 black flying foxes and little red flying foxes roosting in trees in Oakey Creek.
- Mundubbera: Approximately 4000 little red flying foxes roosting in trees adjacent to Mundubbera Saw Mill.
Council said flying foxes play a “crucial” role in the environment by dispersing seeds and pollinating plants.
They said roost dispersal “is not an exact science” and roosts may only move a couple of hundred metres, potentially to a more problematic site, like near hospitals and schools.
The Monto colony has recently begun to encroach upon Monto SHS grounds.
A dispersal event was planned last month, but it was cancelled in favour of lighting being erected to try and move them outside the school grounds.
Council said a common concern with flying foxes in the effect of their faeces on rainwater supplies.
“Droppings from flying foxes present no different risk in comparison to other animals such as birds and possums,” council said.
“A first flush system on rainwater collection is recommended.”