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Hundreds of flying foxes need to be rescued from Queensland backyards because of the lack of thought that goes into fruit tree netting. The nets are commonly draped loosely over the tree to protect ripening fruit from birds and flying foxes. Problems occur when native wildlife land on the loose netting and the more they struggle to free themselves, the more entangled they become often resulting in a torturous death.

Gardeners need to be educated about effective and wildlife-friendly netting methods. By erecting a frame around the tree, the netting can be stretched over the frame so it is taut and wildlife just 'bounce' off. A great frame is made using star pickets and black poly pipe to create a 'dome'. The best netting to use is white or brightly coloured and with a mesh that does not tighten if something is entangled.

If a flying fox becomes entangled in your netting, please do not attempt to handle it. Call the RSPCA on 1300 animal or Bat Conservation & Rescue Qld on the rescue phone: 0488 228 134 and they will send out a trained and vaccinated rescuer.

Flying Fox (Fruit Bat) Recovery After Netting Incident




3 days after being rescued from improper fruit tree netting, this juvenile flying fox is on the road to recovery with the help of Trish from the non-profit organisation Bat Conservation & Rescue Qld.

To prevent flying foxes and other native wildlife from becoming entangled in your netting always stretch it over a frame, and use a light colour that is visible. Do not use black/dark green monofilament netting and especially do not just loosely drape it over the tree. Other options are to erect a shade cloth, or use fruit bags.

If you find a sick or injured flying fox, do not attempt to touch it as it may bite you. Please call the Bat Conservation & Rescue Qld 24 hour rescue line - 0488 228 134


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