Wingham Brush Flying-Fox Colony Affected by Drought and Vandals

Wingham Brush Flying-Fox Colony Affected by Drought, Vandals Terrorising the Flying-foxes and Poisoning the Colony's Fig Trees

According to ranger, Michael Thomas, of the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the canopy of this subtropical lowland rainforest remnant is almost gone. The trees are denuded of leaves and the Manning River is clearly visible through the Brush. This type of rainforest is classified federally as 'critically endangered'. In NSW, it is classified as an 'endangered ecological community'. Grey-headed Flying-foxes, essential for pollinating Australian forests and as seed disperal agents, are classified as 'vulnerable to extinction'. Penalties for harassing vulnerable species and for damaging their environment are significant. I hope the perpetrators of these unforgiveable crimes are caught, convicted, penalised and made a spectacle of to deter further potential vandals.

Read more about this assault on our beautiful flying-foxes and their roosting trees already suffering from the continuing drought.

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