Flying foxes find the perfect camp

A PROFUSION of flowering pink bloodwoods in the Richmond Valley is likely to be responsible for the arrival of an army of little red flying foxes in Casino.

Office of Environment and Heritage media spokesman Lawrence Orel said the intense flowering, particularly in the Bungawalbyn area, had attracted the bats which seemed to possess almost magical powers for finding such events.

"Just as quick as they arrive they can disappear if there is another flowering event elsewhere," he said.

Meantime, the council has been advised by the office that it can give itself licence to trim vegetation between residents' homes and the bat colony to create a physical buffer between the two populous species.

Planning officer Dimitri Young said that under the circumstances, the council could give itself powers to

trim back tree weeds and overhanging branches that intruded on residents, creating breathing space between the two.

"The bats are roosting in those tree species and they're roosting on those branches, and if those trees and those branches aren't there, then obviously the bats can't roost there," he said.

"They'll be roosting further away from the residences and that receiving environment."

Mr Young said the little red flying fox was a nomadic species, which should eventually move on to a different location.

Topics:  environment flying foxes national parks