Urban roosts - maps and actions
  • Last updated:
  • 13 May 2021

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There are more than 30 permanent and temporary Flying fox roosts on the Sunshine Coast. Flying foxes may occupy a roost for months or years. Managing Flying foxes is a key challenge facing the Sunshine Coast community, where Flying foxes are wild, native animals that will always be a part of the Sunshine Coast environment.

Flying fox monitoring

Council has engaged Ecosure Pty Ltd to perform routine monitoring on 10 urban roost sites. This is done to identify Flying fox movements across the Sunshine Coast and help plan management actions.

Monitoring results for roosts

Check out the recent statistics relating to active Flying fox roosts on the Sunshine Coast on council's interactive BatMap. 

How to use BatMap

A shortcut to each monitored site has been placed as a bookmark on the icon in the top left corner of the map. Alternatively you can search your street name in the top search bar and manually navigate around the area to find the nearest monitored council roost.

The BatMap is automatically updated overnight after the latest monitoring results have been confirmed and data from the previous eight weeks is displayed to show where the Flying foxes are located and how their numbers may have changed over time.

Flying fox satellite tracking project

Read all about our Flying fox satellite tracking project.

Current and past actions

Cassia Wildlife Corridor (Coolum Beach)

  • May and July 2014 - two non-lethal dispersals were undertaken using noise, smoke and lighting over consecutive days.
    • Included deterrence activity at the nearby Elizabeth Street Drain bushland area aimed at preventing a new roost establishing.
  • Successful at the time of dispersal action for Cassia however Flying-foxes returned and established a roosting site at Elizabeth Street Drain.
  • Flying-foxes returned to Cassia Wildlife Corridor over the winter in 2017, but have not returned since.

Elizabeth Street Drain (Coolum Beach)

  • September 2014 - roost established after nearby dispersal at Cassia Wildlife Corridor.
  • May and July 2015 - two non-lethal dispersal attempts undertaken.
    • Vegetation management undertaken prior to the dispersal.
    • Flying-foxes returned to the site shortly after each attempt.
  • 2016 - Management Options Paper commissioned for Coolum Beach area.
  • May 2016 - following a community meeting, night works commenced on establishing a Flying-fox exclusion buffer to give residents 10-30m buffer.
  • August 2016 - canopy mounted sprinklers installed to increase buffer distance to 40m in some areas.
  • October and December 2016 - additional sprinklers were added.
  • Flying-foxes continue to seasonally roost at this location.

Aragorn Bushland Reserve/Stella Maris School (Maroochydore)

  • 2014 - vegetation management to create a 20m Flying-fox exclusion.
  • May 2016 - a non-lethal dispersal attempt was undertaken.
  • Flying-foxes abandoned the roost and relocated to two splinter sites at Eudlo Creek Conservation Area and an island in the Mooloolah River.
  • Flying-foxes naturally abandoned the Eudlo Creek site within two weeks and the Mooloolah River roost was naturally abandoned in September 2016.
  • December 2016 - Flying-foxes returned to Aragorn Bushland Reserve/Stella Maris School.
  • January 2017 - Management Options Paper commissioned for Maroochydore Aragorn Bushland Reserve Flying-fox Roost.
  • March 2017- following a community meeting, understory weed removal was undertaken when the Flying-foxes seasonally abandoned the roost at the end of April.
  • Flying-foxes continue to seasonally roost at this location.

Dunning Street (Palmwoods)

  • August 2014 - Management Options Paper commissioned for Dunning Street Flying-fox Roost, Palmwoods. Based on the recommendations of the site specific Options Paper, council completed weed removal within the roost site.
  • Flying-foxes have not returned to this site.

Emerald Woods (Mooloolaba)

  • August 2014 - Management Options Paper commissioned for Emerald Woods Flying-fox Roost, Mooloolaba.
  • 2014 - council completed the first stage of a 10m flying fox exclusion buffer.
  • April and September 2015 - following two community meetings this buffer was expanded to 30m behind the primary impacted property through selective roost tree removal.
  • September and October 2015 - canopy mounted sprinklers were added to the buffer to maintain the distance between the impacted resident and flying foxes.
  • October 2018 - following resident consultation, selective roost tree removal was performed to maintain the 30m exclusion buffer behind an impacted property.
  • Regular annual maintenance is undertaken on the Flying-fox exclusion buffer when the Flying-foxes seasonally abandon this roost in April.
  • Flying-foxes continue to seasonally roost at this location.

Vidler Court (Landsborough)

  • September 2014 - Management Options Paper commissioned for Vidler Court Flying-fox Roost, Landsborough.
  • 2015 - council completed a Flying-fox exclusion buffer.
  • Flying-foxes continue to seasonally roost at this location.

Andrea Ahern (Battery Hill)

  • November 2016 - first observations of a small number of Flying-foxes roosting for less than two weeks.
  • August 2019 - Management Options Paper commissioned for Andrea Ahern Flying-fox Roost, Battery Hill.
  • Flying-foxes continue to seasonally roost at this site.

Kuluin Roosts (Kuluin)

  • August 2018 - flying-foxes temporarily utilise McArthur Park for six weeks.
  • Winter 2019 - flying-foxes return to McArthur Park and Tallow Wood Environment Reserve.
  • December 2019 - following a community meeting, understory weed removal was undertaken to establish a buffer to residents.
  • May/June 2020 - trimming of encroachments to prevent flying-foxes from overhanging properties at McArthur Park.
  • June 2020 - flying-foxes first recorded at nearby Kuluin Neighbourhood Park.
  • July 2020 - strong winds damaged trees at McArthur Park. Damaged trees were removed at night and flying-foxes have not returned to roost at the site.
  • September 2020 - Management Options Paper commissioned for Kuluin roosts - all three sites considered as one overall connected roost.
  • October 2020 - flying-foxes gave birth at Kuluin Neighbourhood Park and continue to occupy the site.