Late last month, there were reports of massive south-east Queensland bats camping at Kilcoy (1 million little red bats), Linville (500,000 little red bats), Lowood (300,000 bats) and Atkinson’s Dam (250,000 bats). Canungra had 12,500 to 20,000 grey-headed bats. Esk had 15,000 to 25,000 grey-headed bats. And there are three large colonies among the Gold Coast’s 30 bat colonies, with up to 20,000 bats.
This week, Somerset Regional Council confirmed the disappearance of the bats. According to experts, Eucalypts have recently gone into a “peak flowering mode”, seen in Bateman’s Bay and the Hunter Valley, which explains the sudden surge in amounts of bats in the area.
“When you have had a drought – a long drought period – the trees think, ‘Oh my god, I’m going to die and I’ve got no children’. In comes the peak flowering, the prolific flowering, then in comes the flying foxes, grabbing all the pollen and seeds, and then they disperse it.
“They are actually going to move the species. So as our climate changes,our flying foxes are redistributing our native species to an area where they can survive. “And that is definitely what we are noticing.”
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“We’ve had many residents complain they feel they’re prisoners in their own homes, they can’t go out, they have to have air conditioning on the whole time, windows closed,” New South Wales Environment Minister Mark Speakman told ABC News. The grey-headed flying fox measures between 23 to 28 centimetres (9 to 11 inches) long and mostly feeds on fruits such as figs, as well as pollen and nectar, according to the Australian Museum. They’ve been listed as a vulnerable species, so killing them is illegal.