1 July 2021

From 1 July 2021, the shooting of Flying-foxes is banned in NSW.
The Grey-headed Flying-fox is listed as vulnerable to extinction and WIRES works closely with the community to ensure their protection and preservation. Flying-foxes are keystone species in Australian ecosystems. They act as long range pollinators and are crucial for the long-term health of our forests.
This change will protect these species and contribute to their preservation.
We want to congratulate and thank everyone who has been involved in this change of policy, which will have long term positive impacts on the well-being of native Flying-foxes.
If you see a sick, injured or orphaned Flying-fox or bat please keep your distance, do not touch it or try to contain it. Call WIRES Rescue Line immediately on 1300 094 737 or fill in the rescue form for rescue assistance with any Flying-foxes or Microbats, all WIRES Flying-fox and bat rescuers have been vaccinated and these rescues will be attended ASAP by our rescue team.