Flying foxes batty in their food hunt

COME sunset the Warwick skyline is dotted with thousands of flying foxes as they head to and from their home in search of food.

The Department of Environment and Heritage protection manager from wildlife operations Mike Devery said it was normal to see bats flying around at dusk.

"Flying foxes are highly mobile and nomadic animals and will travel considerable distances in search of food," he said.

"Colonies can move on and subsequently return to a specific location relatively quickly, or a long time afterwards, or not at all.

"It is the search for available food sources that is the main reason flying fox colonies increase or decrease in size."

Mr Devery said there were three known flying fox roosts in Warwick.

These are located at Rockland Rd, Cherry Gully and Dragon St.

"Local residents may also be seeing flying foxes from roosts in other nearby towns flying overhead in their nightly search for food," Mr Devery said.

The Daily News asked Warwickites via Facebook if they had any issues with bats this year.

Charmaine Hall from Grafton St said she had. "Its shocking, the smell, faecal matter and the noise is horrible," she said.

"They seem to have resided there; it is not very hygienic at all."

Kerry Francis-Miller said due to the bats she could not have a rain water tank.

"It is undrinkable and the noise is unbelievable," she said.

Mr Devery said although complaints had been received regarding bats in the past, none had been received recently.

"There have been concerns expressed in the past regarding flying foxes near the racecourse but no recent approaches to the department of environment and heritage protection for assistance," he said.

What you think about the bat population in Warwick? Leave a comment below.

Have you snapped a shot of the bats flying over your house? Send them in to edit@warwickdailynews.com.au.



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