Botanic Gardens pushing ahead with bat relocation

While the end of cockatoo culling was a good news story, one of the other big battles to protect urban wildlife has not ended so well.

The relocation of the grey headed flying foxes from the Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG) is set to continue after a court case launched by the conservationists Bat Advocacy (which I’ve previously written about here) failed to stop it.

For a small conservation group to take on a government department was always going to be an uphill battle.  Even though the judge didn’t find in favour of Bat Advocacy the case has helped highlight an issue that the RBG would much rather have kept quiet.

There is still one last bit of hope left for the bats, and that is that the state or federal government may succumb to community pressure and overturn the approval for the relocation.  With a state election coming up here in NSW in less than a month we have an ideal opportunity to encourage a rethink by the politicians who authorised this in the first place.

If you’re concerned about the fate of these important, beautiful and endangered creatures I would ask you to take action.  Please sign this petition and pass it on to anyone else you know who may be concerned about the issue.

You can also write to the state and federal environment Ministers – Frank Sartor (office@sartor.minister.nsw.gov.au) and Tony Burke (Tony.Burke.MP@aph.gov.au) and tell them this is unacceptable.  You can also write to NSW shadow environment Minister Catherine Cusack (catherine.cusack@parliament.nsw.gov.au) and tell her that you want the next government to reverse the decision to relocate the bats and that it’s an issue that will affect your vote.

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2 responses to “Botanic Gardens pushing ahead with bat relocation

  1. The Botanic Gardens Trust is not trying to keep this issue quiet; they’ve been posting information about the fruit-bat population on their website for years.

    The fruit-bats are causing irreparable damage to heritage trees and valuable botanic specimens – which I would hope the Greens are also concerned about. Some trees have died as a result of the huge number of bats roosting in and feeding from them.

    The Botanic Gardens Trust means no harm to the bats, which are there is unsustainably large number because of destruction of their habitat elsewhere. The proposal is to relocate the fruit-bats to somewhere that they can be safe, without doing damage to rare plants.

    Deborah Green
    Ashfield

  2. Pingback: “Save our bats” video « Councillor Irene Doutney

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