Grey-headed Flying-foxes roosted seasonally in the Royal Botanic Gardens before becoming permanent residents in 1986. In the summer of 2003 the size of the colony peaked at around 30,000 and fell to 8,000 in winter. The presence of a large number of of Flying-foxes roosting all year-round in a small and sensitive area of the Royal Botanic Gardens was damaging heritage-listed vegetation.

In March 2003, a large-scale dispersal program was successful in relocating the colony to a more suitable location at Yarra Bend Park, Kew.

These web pages provide detailed information about Flying-foxes in Australia including Melbourne’s colony of Grey-headed flying foxes. Includes fact sheets, FAQs and Management Plan.

Author Department of Natural Resources and Environment, VIC
Date 01/05/2002
Year 2006
Publisher Department of Natural Resources and Environment, V
Notes Notes
Region VIC