ABOUT BAT CONSERVATION AND RESCUE QLD

Bat Conservation and Rescue Qld
is a registered not-for-profit volunteer organization that strives to help people understand the importance
of all bat species, to provide a prompt and humane rescue service, to raise orphans and to rehabilitate injured bats before returning them to the wild.
BCRQ offers this free 24/7 community service all year round including public holidays.

We provide an efficient and humane service to rescue and rehabilitate injured and orphaned bats and return them to the wild as soon as possible.

We disseminate accurate information through literature, community events and talks to the general public about the importance of bats.

We are active advocates in the conservation of bats and their habitat.

We offer advice on helping to provide and improve habitats for bats as well as identifying botanical species that can be injurious to bats.

I HAVE FOUND A BAT

SEEK HELP – PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH BATS!

CALL OUR RESCUE HOTLINE ON 0488 228 134

If a bat bites or scratches a human, it may have to be destroyed and sent for testing for Australian Bat Lyssavirus – do not risk the bat’s life or your health. Only people trained and Rabies vaccinated should handle bats.

A flying-fox hanging on overhead power lines may still be alive. Even if dead, it may be a mother with a live baby tucked up under her wing. Please call BCRQ immediately.

If you find a flying-fox caught on a barbed wire fence, please very carefully and without touching it, throw a towel over the bat to help keep it calm. Then call BCRQ immediately.

If you find a flying-fox caught in fruit tree netting, do not try and cut the bat out of the net but call BCRQ immediately.

If the bat is on the ground, please cover the bat with a cardboard box or a washing basket to contain it and call BCRQ immediately.

Any bat by itself through the day is in trouble.

Keep children and pets away from the bat to help minimise its stress and remember, NO TOUCH NO RISK!

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On this week's wildlife friendly gardens post we will be talking about something very simple to change, fruit netting. Bats, snakes, gliders and birds all become fatally entangled in inappropriate fruit netting. This inappropriate netting is widely available for sale and people install it on their trees with no knowledge of the cruelty it inflicts. There are a couple of options you have if you wish to protect your fruit in a way that is ethical and wildlife friendly. The preferred option is to individually bag the fruit you want to keep for yourself and leave the rest for wildlife. You can buy inexpensive soft fine mesh bags online that you can use for this purpose. The second option is to purchase wildlife friendly netting which is called ‘hailguard’ or ‘crop protector’. This netting has a very fine weave that you can’t poke even the tip of your finger through. Even with this wildlife friendly netting it’s important to install it on a frame or so there are no gaps that wildlife can get through.

We find that the vast majority of people who purchase inappropriate fruit netting just have no idea of the harm it can cause. So please, spread the word. Check in with your gardening friends and family and make sure they are using wildlife friendly netting or individual bags for their fruit. It is so easy to purchase ethical netting that there really is no reason for wildlife to continue to suffer.

Pictured is Oliver, an adult male black flying fox who became entangled in inappropriate netting as he was trying to feed on some tasty mangos. Thankfully he was spotted early and only sustained minor injuries. He has been released back into the wild 🦇

***all of our rescuers and rehabbers are fully vaccinated***
Remember that any bat by itself during the day is in need of help. Don’t touch the bat and give us a call immediately on ‭0488 228 134‬ for Brisbane and surrounds or your local wildlife rescue in other regions.
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We were excited to be made aware of this new feature film on climate change and mass extinction. It has a focus on flying foxes who are dramatically affected as heat events become more severe and more frequent. There are screenings happening in a few places around Australia 🦇 ... See MoreSee Less

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The first of our discs are in place! This will make barbed wire fences easier for flying foxes to see and thus avoid. Thanks to everyone who contributed to our fundraising campaign. <3
We've been called to at least two rescues previously on this fence, next to a cocos palm 🙁 , so it was a high priority.

With birthing season nearly upon us, if you see a bat on barbed wire in the coming months, it could well be a mum with a baby tucked up in her wing. So please call us immediately on ‭0488 228 134‬ for Brisbane and surrounds or your local wildlife rescue in other regions.
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This is part 2 of our ‘Wildlife Friendly Gardens’ pet post, this time on cats. We would like to reiterate that we love pets, both cats and dogs. We just want to have a discussion on how we can keep our pets more responsibly to limit their impact on our local wildlife.

Cats are lovely and affectionate pets but they are well known to be incredibly skilled hunters who have devastating effects on our local wildlife. Cats are predators with natural hunting instincts but their impact on wildlife is not a natural part of the food chain. Our native animals have not evolved with cats so are more susceptible to their predation. A recent study estimated that each roaming pet cat kills an average of 186 animals per year! They also found that cats are only bringing home approximately 15% of their prey. Cats more commonly catch microbats but can also prey on baby flying foxes. This is in addition to birds, small mammals, reptiles, frogs and anything else they can get their paws on. Even if the animal survives the initial encounter, they will die a slow and painful death due to the bacteria in a cats bite. This is why it’s so important never to release an animal you have retrieved from your cat, get it to the vet ASAP!

The best thing you can do to limit your cats impact is to keep them inside or enclosed 24/7. This is becoming more and more popular as people realise that this not only benefits wildlife, but also their cat. This method of responsible pet ownership is endorsed by the RSPCA, vets and cat rescue groups around Australia and the world. There are a plethora of different cat enclosures to buy or make including low cost and low skill options. If enclosures aren’t your thing you can even harness train your cat to take it for walks around your property. Cat toys, food puzzles and cat friends are great ways to keep your cat happy and entertained inside. Over a million cats are already being kept responsibly in Australia. This is a million cats not as risk of being hit by cars, catching diseases or being attacked by dogs. Each of these cat owners are doing their part to help local wildlife and we are so excited that this responsibility is starting to become the norm.

Photo of Snorlax by the amazing Wings, Paws, N Claws. Snorlax was attacked by a pet cat after falling from his mum. The cat caused a great deal of damage including bite wounds all over his body (including on his face that you can see) and severely damaged wings. In addition to his injuries little Snorlax also had to fight off a serious infection from the cats saliva. Thankfully Snorlax had first class veterinary treatment from the RSPCA and a first class rehabilitator to get him through. He has now been released.

Are you a responsible cat owner? Post photos of your cat enclosures or other ways you ensure your cat and the local wildlife stay safe.
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Our first premmie flying fox of the season. Flying foxes usually give birth in spring and early summer so it won't be long until baby season is upon us. Last year we had terrible flowering over winter which led to a starvation event and an abnormally large intake of premmie babies. We do absolutely everything we can for these babies but unfortunately they do have a guarded prognosis. This year we have had beautiful flowering across our local area and there are lots of very fat and happy mums flying around at the moment. It is looking like this will be a far better season for our mums and babies! ... See MoreSee Less

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We're over the moon that Chris, the second of two juvenile grey-headed flying fox girls we rescued off barbed wire, is now back in the wild flying free.
Who knows? Maybe she'll meet up with Aurea, the first of the two juvie girls, and they can compare notes of time in care.

If you see a bat on its own in the daytime, it needs help. Don’t touch and please call us immediately on ‭0488 228 134‬ for Brisbane and surrounds or your local wildlife rescue in other regions. Thank you!‬‬‬‬
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As we come into spring our rescue service is going to become busier and busier. The female flying foxes are getting to the later stages of their pregnancies and are going to start getting into trouble as they try to find enough food to feed themselves and their baby. We thought it would be a good idea to do a ‘Wildlife Friendly Gardens’ series. So over the next 6 weeks we will be doing a post on a way you can make your property safer for not only bats, but all of our native wildlife.

Our first post is a 2 part post on our pets and how we can care for them more responsibly. We would like to start by saying that we love our pets, most of our rehabilitators and rescuers have pet cats and dogs. This is not an anti pet post, we just want to have a discussion.

This first part is on dogs. Dog attacks are one of our most common reasons for flying fox rescue and the survival for these flying foxes is incredibly low. Now these are not mean or aggressive dogs, they are lovely family dogs doing what comes naturally to them. It’s our responsibility to ensure they don’t have the opportunity to hurt wildlife. The easiest and most effective solution is to let your dog sleep inside the house at night. This is becoming more and more common and is by far the best way to make your garden safe for nocturnal wildlife. The second way is to secure your dog in an internal yard or smaller fenced area during the night so they have less access to your garden. This is less effective but at least leaves a safe corridor for wildlife to move through your property.

Dogs are lovely pets but they can be devastating for local wildlife if not kept responsibly. Additionally, dogs are one of the main reasons for koala fatalities which predominantly occur at night. So keeping your dogs in at night not only helps bats, but koalas as well!

Photos by the amazing Wings, Paws, N Claws of Stella and Luna. Stella and Luna were grabbed by a dog and Stella was injured trying to protect her baby Luna. Thankfully this pair beat the statistics with Stella sustaining very serious but viable injuries from the dog. This mumma did such an amazing job protecting her baby that Luna came off unscathed. They have now been released back into the wild.
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🦇 dollars for discs, help save bats from barbed wire 🦇

*** Fundraising goal met and exceeded!***

Barbed wire is a serious issue for wildlife all over Australia. Bats, birds and gliders all become entangled on the sharp barbs suffering a slow death unless found and rescued. In south east Queensland, we very commonly rescue flying foxes off barbed wire fences where they are used as security measures. The flying foxes simply can’t see these fences at night and fly into them as they feed on the native landscaped vegetation. Their delicate wings become entangled on the barbs which causes horrific injuries as they struggle to free themselves. As much as we would love these fences to be removed it’s simply not a realistic solution at this point in time. One measure that has proven to be very effective however is bird deterrent discs. These are shiny steel discs that are installed onto the top strand of barbed wire so all wildlife can see and avoid the fence. These discs cost just over $1 each for the disc and the stainless steel peg to install. We would love for our rescuers to have access to these discs so they can rescue a bat off barbed wire and then install these discs on the fence to significantly reduce the likelihood of another animal becoming entangled in the same spot. For just $20 you can protect a 10m stretch of barbed wire fence. Our aim is to reach a target of $1,000 to install discs on 500m of barbed wire fences through south east Queensland. We will always be available to rescue bats off barbed wire but wouldn’t it be great if we could try to prevent it happening in the first place!

If you are able to please donate through the Facebook link or via our website link below. If donating via our website, please put ‘barbed wire’ in the donation description. Your donation will not only help bats but our local birds and gliders as well. Thank you for your support!

bats.org.au/get-involved/donate/

Pictured is Rhubarb, a juvenile little red flying fox who became badly entangled on barbed wire earlier this year. This fence was installed between two flowering trees and she flew straight into it as she went from one tree to the other. Rhubarb sustained serious injuries to her wings but has been able to heal with some extended time in rehab. She’ll be released once the little reds return to south east Queensland.
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This is Talc, a Little Broadnosed Bat, who was found in a warehouse by some caring workers who then called us. A night shift had worked the night before so she may have been attracted to yummy insects buzzing around the lights.
As the weather warms up, we'll be seeing more microbats.

If you see a bat on its own in the daytime, it needs help. Don’t touch and please call us immediately on ‭0488 228 134‬ for Brisbane and surrounds or your local wildlife rescue for other regions. Thank you!‬‬
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