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Sydney Bats: Hidden Treasures and Flying Icons

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.

Adam Lawrence-Slater

Forum schedule

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.


5:00 Close.


Register here!


***Please note that conference attendees do not need to register for the forum***