The 2022 grey-headed flying fox nudging program at the Colac Botanic Gardens is complete, with vehicle traffic and pedestrian access once again available for residents and visitors to the Gardens.
“We’re pleased with the positive results of the program and the colony is now well-homed in its new location,” said Services & Operations Manager, Cameron Duthie. “As the weather warms up, and the colony continues to live well in the new trees, we intend to install mulch and sprinklers in the immediate area for them.”
The nudging program was overseen by an onsite, independent expert (an ecologist), who monitored the wellbeing of the bats. Happily, no bats were harmed in the nudging program and all showed signs of good health throughout the time.
The program was undertaken in an effort to save significant and heritage listed trees in the Gardens, which could not feasibly continue to provide a home for the colony in the longer-term due to the noticeable damage being done by the bats roosting there, fluctuating between 1,000 and 8,000 at peak times, with an average of 4,000.
“Council thanks nearby residents and visitors to the Gardens for their patience and cooperation during this time and we apologise for any inconvenience this has caused,” said Mr Duthie. “Winter is a beautiful time in the Gardens and we look forward to welcoming the public back to enjoy the grounds.”