Flying-fox roost monitoring and locations
Flying-fox roost locations
The maps below show the general location of flying-fox roosts in Queensland recorded by the department, and include continuously and periodically (seasonally or irregularly) used roosts. The exact location of roosts may vary within a small localised area.
These roost sites are used by one or more of the following species:
- black flying-fox, Pteropus alecto
- grey-headed flying-fox, Pteropus poliocephalus
- little red flying-fox, Pteropus scapulatus
- spectacled flying-fox, Pteropus conspicillatus.
Flying-fox roost location maps (current and historical roosts)
Additional detailed maps:
- Southeast Queensland local government area maps
- Outside Southeast Queensland local government area maps
- Northern Queensland area maps
- Western Queensland QPWS areas
Flying-fox roost monitoring program
The department has been regularly monitoring flying-fox roosts in south-east Queensland since 2007. There has also been regular monitoring of some sites occurring prior to this time. As of 2016, the department's monitoring program encompasses a large number of known roosts within the greater southeast of the state, as well as extending into some areas of central Queensland as resources permit. The data collected through this regular monitoring program seeks to provide a better picture of flying-fox abundance, distribution and population trends across Queensland. Data is collected on at least a quarterly basis through flying-fox roost monitoring undertaken by departmental staff, together with the assistance of local government partners and community volunteers. The data is provided to the National Flying Fox Monitoring Program (NFFMP).
The monitoring program collects information on:
- seasonal use and areas of occupancy
- number of animals in the roost
- breeding status and whether young are present
- which species are present
- identifying any issues that may contribute to conflict with people.
For more information on the department’s flying-fox monitoring program, including how to volunteer, please contact the Wildlife Management Unit.
National flying-fox monitoring program
The National Flying-fox Monitoring Program (NFFMP) is coordinated by the Australian Government Department of the Environment (DoE) and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and commenced in November 2012 as part of a four year project. The aim of the program is to establish a reliable baseline estimate of the flying fox populations, abundance and distribution, and over time to estimate trends. The department regularly contributes data to the program on a quarterly basis that leads to the NFFMP quarterly report. An interactive web viewer visually presenting the census data is also available on the Australian Government – Department of Environment website.