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
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