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The Australasian Bat Society proudly supports projects by members  that promote the conservation and/or knowledge of bats in Australasia through the ABS Grants programme.


Grant details will be announced to ABS members in autumn and spring each year.





ABS Grants

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2019 (ABS Conservation grantees)

• Vanessa Gorecki: The roosting ecology and roost selection of Large-footed Myotis (Myotis macropus) in culverts in Brisbane.

• Elizabeth Parker: The big bat and wildlife festival.

• Sarah Judge: Cultural engagement with bat conservation at Yellomundee Aboriginal Place Yarramundi NSW.


2019 (Paddy Pallin Foundation ABS grantees)

• Kerryn Parry Jones: Black and Grey-headed flying-foxes similarities in biology diet behaviour.

• Eliane McCarthy: Remotely sensing flying-foxes in their roosts.


2018 (Paddy Pallin Foundation ABS grantees)

• Laura Pulscher: Are Nutritional Diseases Contributing to the decline of the Endangered Christmas Island Flying-Fox?

• Amanda Lo Cascio:What factors affect microbat connectivity in fire-prone fragmented landscapes?


2017 (ABS Conservation grantees)

• Bradley Clarke-Wood: Insectivorous bats and spatial subsidies across a land-use gradient in north-eastern Victoria’ as a part of ‘Longitudinal trends in land-use, spatial subsidies and food-webs of north-eastern Victorian perennial streams.

• Anita Freudmann: Foraging ecology and behaviour of Eastern Tube-nosed Bats (Nyctimene robinsoni).

• Danielle Eastick: Sex and the city: Investigating the reproductive ecology of a successful urban species, the Gould’s wattled bat (Chalinolobus gouldii), in greater Melbourne.


2016 (ABS Conservation grantees)

• Kayla Asplet: Investigating the sensitivity of Myotis macropus (Large-footed Myotis) to heavy-metal pollution in urban waterways, Sydney, New South Wales.

• Erin Westerhuis: The importance of riparian woodland for insectivorous bats and their prey in central Australia.


2015 (ABS Conservation grantees)

• Tyrone Lavery and Michael Pennay: Bat calls of the Solomon Islands: a reference call library and identification key to the bats of the Solomon Archipelago.

• Toni Mitchell: Enhancing caring standards for bats and raising awareness for deadly hazards in our environment.

• Julie Broken-Brow: The roosting preferences of Saccolaimus mixtus and Critically Endangered Saccolaimus saccolaimus nudicluniatus in Cape York.


2014 (ABS Conservation grantees)

• Jane Hall: Developing non-invasive methods for the detection of toxic heavy metals (e.g. Cadmium) in the Christmas Island Flying-fox (Pteropus melanotus natalis), using the Grey-headed flying-fox (P. poliocephalus) as an analogue.

• Cathy Hartley: Improving mortality rates in Juvenile Grey-headed Flying-foxes during Heat Stress Events.


2013 (ABS Conservation grantees)

• Lisa Cawthen: King Island Bat Survey.


2012 (ABS Conservation grantees)

• Stephen Griffiths: Efficacy of artificial bat-boxes as a tool in the conservation  of tree-roosting insectivorous bats.

• Ian Gill, Keiran Stone, Gavin Collis, Sarah Evans, Tim Shaw: John Paul High School - Mauria Forest bat survey, New Zealand.


2011 (ABS Conservation grantees)

• Julie Broken-Brow: The abundance, species diversity and habitat usage of microbats in coastal mangroves of South-East Queensland.

• Cory Toth: The breeding ecology of the Lesser Short-tailed Bat (Mystacina tuberculata).

• Jenny Maclean: Tolga Bat Hospital: Assistance with Spectacled Flying Fox rescue and care during 2011-12 tick season.

Past projects



Any member of the Australasian Bat Society Inc. can apply for an ABS grant.


Activities funded: 

The ABS Grants programme is open to applications for any proposal that:


• Improves or promotes the conservation of bats and their habitat in Australasia,

• Raises positive public awareness of bats in Australasia,

• Undertakes scientific research that directly or indirectly contributes to bat conservation in Australasia,

• Supports the role that wildlife carer and rehabilitation organisations play in bat conservation in Australasia.

Projects may include (but need not be limited to):

• Scientific research, student projects, on ground bat conservation work, education programs or materials, equipment or materials purchased to support bat conservation programs or projects.


The ABS is interested in supporting a very broad range of projects. However, funding is unlikely to be available for the following purposes:


• conference travel, attendance at meetings, or other short-term activities mainly involving travel, where these are

  the principal elements of the grant proposal,

• activities which are properly the responsibility of other funding bodies or other government agencies,

• recurrent funding of existing projects,

• payment of salaries, wages etc.



ABS Grants are only available for projects undertaken in the Australasian region. That is the islands east of ‘Wallace’s Line’ including; Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, and the islands of the south-west Pacific.

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Two types of grants

1) Regular ABS grants 

Three grants of $1,500 awarded once a year (Sept-Nov)


2) Paddy Pallin Foundation-sponsored ABS grants 

Two grants of ~$3,000 awarded once a year kindly sponsored by the Paddy-Pallin Foundation

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Current projects

2020 (Paddy Pallin Foundation ABS grantees)

• Titia Schamhart: The impact of artificial light on urban long-tailed bat behaviour and physiology.

• Ophelie Planckaert: Investigation of the population structure of endangered bent-wing bats, to enable the development of targeted conservation actions.