Camp Management Options

Below is a list of the type of management actions that could be used at a flying-fox camp. They would not be used in isolation, but together as part of a camp management plan. Port Stephens Council y – Lands will prepare this plan. As part of the plan they will select a number of these management options to get the best outcomes for the community.

The management options are identified as Level 1, 2 or 3. These levels relate to how much impact they will have on the flying-foxes (1 lowest impact, 3 highest impact). This also reflects the likely level of approval required from the NSW or Australian Governments to implement. For more information on flying-fox camp management ‘levels’ you can review the Office of Environment and Heritage Flying-fox Camp Management Plan Template.

Some Level 1 actions are identified as 'off-site support actions'. These actions are not undertaken directly on-site but are important actions to improve our understanding of what is happening at the camp and to improve how we manage activities and future development that may be impacted by a flying-fox camp. It also includes research as this will help managers to understand the effectiveness of different management actions in reducing conflict between communities and flying-fox camps.

You can also suggest alternative management options not covered here in Step 4 before you submit your survey response.

  1. Do Nothing
  2. Routine maintenance to improve the condition of the site
  3. Subsidising property modification to reduce the impacts of flying-foxes
  4. Subsidising services to reduce the impacts of flying-foxes
  5. Revegetate and manage land to create alternative flying-fox habitat
  6. Education, advice and feedback programs
  7. Health and safety guidelines to manage incidents related to the camp
  8. Guidelines for carrying out operations adjacent to camps
  9. Research to improve knowledge of flying-fox ecology
  10. Land-use planning
  11. Advice about modifications or infrastructure that may reduce the impacts of flying-foxes
  12. Trimming vegetation at the camp boundary to create a small buffer
  13. Removing vegetation to create a substantial buffer
  14. Revegetating areas with plants that are unsuitable as roost habitat
  15. Actively nudging the camp to a nearby location using disturbance
  16. Early dispersal before a camp is established at a new location
  17. Passive dispersal of a flying-fox camp through selective vegetation removal
  18. Dense planting to create screens at residential boundaries
  19. Active dispersal of a flying-fox camp using disturbance
  20. Culling flying-foxes to reduce numbers at a camp site
  21.       Provision of articial roosting habitat