See the Yarra Bend Flying Fox colony up close with Parks Vic
One of Melbourne's great wildlife wonders is the amazing Grey-headed flying fox colony at Yarra Bend Park. The colony is home to thousands of flying foxes, with numbers rising to tens of thousands in summer. Watching the animals take off on a summer's evening for their nightly foraging expedition is truly a remarkable experience. What is even more remarkable is that Melburnians can witness this spectacle so close to the centre of the city.
Flying foxes play a hugely important ecological role. At night they feed on flowers, fruit, pollen and nectar, travelling up to 40 km from their camp (which is why they are also known as fruit bats). Along the way, flying foxes pollinate flowers and disperse seeds. They are considered particularly important for the pollination and seed dispersal of many important tree species, and even vegetation types including rainforests.
Found along Australia's eastern coast, the Grey-headed flying fox is listed as a nationally vulnerable species. With a wing span of over a metre, it is one of the largest bats in Australia.
You can learn more about these fascinating Melbourne residents during daytime tours with Parks Victoria.
Silhouettes of roosting Flying Foxes at Yarra Bend Park
Parks Victoria are offering Flying Fox Discovery Tours throughout November and December 2018. The tours will take participants to see the flying foxes up close in their natural habitat, and learn all about them from a Parks Victoria ranger. The tour is in the form of a 45-minute return walk and is on an easy trail,
Tours take place on: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11 am, 12 pm and 1pm Saturdays and Sundays at 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm