Get to know your batty neighbours

A Grey-headed Flying-fox.

A Grey-headed Flying-fox.

Kiama families have a unique opportunity to get to know their batty neighbours during the April school holidays.

Kiama council will be providing a guided tour of a local bat colony on Tuesday, April 11.

Council’s environmental officer Byron Robinson said the walk and talk workshop would cover bats large and small, and their importance to our local and regional environment.

“The past couple of years have seen increased pressure on a couple of these bat species, particularly the Grey-headed Flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus),” Mr Robinson said.

“Lack of food, along with heat-wave conditions, has led to mass mortalities across the nation for this particular bat, which is listed as a threatened species.”

Mr Robinson said the lack of food has seen large camps of bats break up into smaller satellite camps, with several now roosting in the Kiama area.

Ecologist and bat expert Garry Daly will provide a talk at the Kiama Community Garden, followed by a walk to view a local flying fox colony.

The talk will be suitable for older children, so families are encouraged to attend. 

Participants should bring appropriate attire for walking in potentially wet and muddy areas.

The workshop will take place on Tuesday, April 11 from 2pm to 4.30pm at the Kiama Community Garden, Havilah Place, Kiama (adjacent to sporting fields).

Booking is essential and numbers are limited. Register via the ‘Events’ section of Kiama council’s website at www.kiama.nsw.gov.au. 

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