A half-day forum on Sydney's bats will precede the 18th Australasian Bat Society Conference. The forum entitled 'Sydney bats: hidden treasures and flying icons' will focus on the fascinating bats of the Sydney area. Latest results and ideas will be presented on microbats and flying-foxes by leading researchers, with an emphasis given to practical guidance for land managers and those who just want to know more about these secretive mammals.
Where: The Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment,
Western Sydney University, Richmond, NSW,
When: 3rd April 2018, 1pm-5pm.
1:15 Start and welcome. Brad Law, Department of Primary Industries.
1:30 Sydney’s microbats: hotspots, threats and management needs. Caragh Threlfall, University of Melbourne.
1:50 Sydney’s fishing bats: overlooked and vulnerable. Leroy Gonsalves, Department of Primary Industries.
2:10 Our lights at night: how artificial light affects urban insectivorous bats in Sydney. Jo Haddock, University of Sydney.
2:30 A cautionary tale of bats and boxes in Sydney. Tanya Leary, National Parks and Wildlife Service.
2:50 Managing microbats on the Cumberland Plain: an LGA perspective. Chris McLean, Blacktown Council.
3:10 Afternoon tea.
3:30 An incomplete history of flying-fox camps in Sydney. Peggy Eby, University of New South Wales/Consultant.
3:50 Flying-foxes are moving beasts! John Martin, Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens.
4:10 The role of community groups in managing and conserving flying-foxes. Tim Pearson, Macquarie University.
4:30 The role of government in managing flying-foxes. Mike Roache, Office of Environment and Heritage.
***Please note that conference attendees do not need to register for the forum***