LITTLE AUSSIE BATTLERS OF OUR GREAT AUSTRALIAN BUSH
Flying-foxes are keystone pollinators and seed dispersers of the Australian bush and the job of propagating over 100 species of native trees and plants falls fairly and squarely on their tiny shoulders.
Without flying-foxes there would be no food and shelter for our koalas, no pristine habitat for our extraordinary array of native birds and no magnificent forests for all of us to enjoy. But, due to loss of habitat and climatic changes, their numbers are falling dramatically and the Grey-Headed Flying-fox, for example, is now listed as vulnerable to extinction. This loss of natural habitat and food availability has also flying-foxes increasingly set up camp near towns in search of food and shelter, affecting residents and communities and generating considerable concerns.
Our “Little Aussie Battlers” website – www.littleaussiebat.com.au – is intended to dispel some of the myths around flying-foxes and outlines ways we can better co-exist with these incredibly important members of our natural community.