Flying foxes primarily migrate along the East coast of Australia — moving in large groups (called camps or colonies) as native food comes into season. Spectacled Flying Foxes, listed as endangered under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) (EPBC Act) since February 2019, are a keystone species that move rainforest and other tree seeds from one isolated patch of rainforest to another. But why are bats a threatened species in Australia? By Thea Williams May 30th, 2019. Stop the Permanent Forced Eviction (‘dispersal’) of the Spectacled Flying Fox camp at Cairns City Library! But there are other victims: Australia’s endangered flying foxes. Do they do more good than harm? The spectacled flying-fox highlights the challenge in managing the conflict between human development and nature. Going in to bat for Australia’s endangered flying-foxes; Going in to bat for Australia’s endangered flying-foxes. Another Australian mammal has been listed as endangered. They can be found in various habitats such as coastal rainforests, woodlands, wetlands, and swamps; and, tend to migrate to where their food supply is more abundant, but always returning to their ‘home’ camps. There is thought to be around 780,000 grey-headed flying foxes in more than 100 camps dotted across the country.

They have done this for thousands of years — but over time, these colonies are being surrounded by human development, with locals complaining of the noise and smell, and netting their trees to prevent flying foxes from eating the fruit. ‒Christmas Island flying-fox (Critically Endangered) ‒Spectacled flying-fox (Vulnerable) ‒Grey-headed flying-fox (Vulnerable) • Two other mainland species are not MNES and EPBC Act does not apply to these species. The Grey-Headed Flying Fox is prolific within 150 km of the sea, on the eastern coast of Australia – all the way from the Hervey Bay region in Queensland, to Melbourne in Victoria. EPBC Act • Protectand manage the listed flying-foxes: ‒Decision to have a Recovery Plan within 90 days. The spectacled flying-fox has shown a decline from a population of 214,750 in November of 2005 to 92,880 in November of 2014. Cairns Regional Council has just received a permit to ‘disperse’ (forcibly evict) all the Critically Endangered Spectacled Flying Foxes from the Cairns City Library nationally significant camp.