Botanic Walk closed because of flying foxes

THE Botanic Walk at Canoe Point, Tannum Sands has been temporarily closed because of the large number of flying foxes roosting in the area.

Gladstone Regional Council's environment portfolio spokesman Col Chapman said the temporary closure would help to prevent disturbance to the main group of flying foxes.

"Disturbing the colony could result in them moving closer to local schools or another undesired location, or creating greater noise and smell issues where they remain," Cr Chapman said

"Flying foxes are not unusual to the area, but their numbers have increased along with a large number of little red flying foxes who have temporarily moved into the area, most likely due to an increased food source.

"The trees overhanging the pathway will be pruned once the animals have moved on, preventing them from gathering in such large numbers again in the near future."

Flowering or fruit-laden trees attract the bats, resulting in them forming temporary roosts and causing numbers to increase in some areas and decrease in others.

The Botanic Walk crosses the pathway extending from the toilets and barbecue area at Canoe Point to John Oxley Bridge and the Boyne River mouth.



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