Endangered microbat species take to new homes
Endangered microbat species take to new homes on NSW North Coast
14 January 2014
Three colonies of threatened microbats have taken to specially designed new homes on the north coast of NSW after a successfully relocation from bridge structures at Mororo, MacFarlane’s and Binna Burra where maintenance work is underway.
“Roads and Maritime Services worked closely with ecologists and specialist animal handlers to relocate the threatened Southern Myotis species found roosting in gaps in the bridge structures.
“Locations for new breeding boxes were then identified to encourage microbat families to roost and breed in and around these two areas.
“Only a few weeks after the boxes were installed under the centre of Mororo Bridge, 25 large-footed myotis were found nesting in the structures.
“Several groups of microbats have also been found living in specially designed bat boxes inside the Binna Burra Culverts and under MacFarlane’s Bridge near Maclean.
“Two Myotis bats, likely males, were found roosting in integrated bat roosts on the modified Binna Burra Culvert.
“Roads and Maritime will continue to monitor the colony and minimise environmental impact as part of the maintenance work,” the spokesperson said.
For further information on how Roads and Maritime reduces its impact on the environment visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au.
CONTACT: Roads and Maritime Services - Media Unit: 8588 5999