Warning issued over handling Canberra bats

Unusually high numbers of people requiring anti-rabies treatment has prompted a renewed government warning about the handling of bats.

Bats evicted from Royal Botanic Gardens now haunting government at Macksville

Kirsty Needham Think of it as the bat's revenge. A colony of 10,000 flying foxes that descended on a coastal forest - after the NSW government approved the land be cleared for the Pacific Highway upgrade - includes...

Heavy metal wins in botanic battle of the bats

Tim Barlass Read some of the slightly older Sydney tourist guides and they say the Royal Botanic Garden are a good place to observe flying foxes close up. Not any more.

Bats should be moved, not killed: Entsch

Bat colonies should be moved from urban centres and farms, but not killed, to prevent further outbreaks of the Hendra virus, a north Queensland MP says.

Katter plan to blast bats

Bob Katter

Bob Katter says his new party would kill all flying foxes in urban areas to help stop the spread of the deadly Hendra virus and other diseases.

Katter declares war on bats

Federal independent MP Bob Katter says Queenslanders should not have to obtain permits to evict flying foxes.

Vampire bats home in on veins

Scientists have found the genetic pathway that enables vampire bats to sink their razor-edged teeth into "hot spots" likely to yield a quick and copious liquid meal, a new study says.

Gold Coast applies to relocate bats

The Gold Coast City Council has applied for a permit to get rid of a colony of flying foxes at Southport, where a resident is facing a fine of $100,000 and possible jail time for trying to frighten...

Call for Hendra tests on Gold Coast bats

The Gold Coast mayor wants the city's flying fox colonies tested for the deadly Hendra virus.

Residents fight back against noisy bats

Grey headed flying fox

Gold Coast residents are fighting back after being tormented for years by a noisy bat colony.

Moving bats may not spread Hendra, but better safe than sorry: scientist

Scientists don't know whether driving bats away would spread the potentially deadly Hendra virus, Queensland's chief veterinary officer says.

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Bomb the bats, says LNP

Miranda Forster The Queensland opposition wants to use smoke bombs and choppers to evict urban bat colonies despite warnings it could lead to more Hendra cases.

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Sydney bats' eviction order put back

Glenda Kwek The 22,000-strong colony of bats at Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens have been given a reprieve.

Gardens wish bats luck as they wave them goodbye


Rachel Olding Before the orchestrated removal of 22,000 flying foxes from the Royal Botanic Gardens next month, a mini-festival of the bat is being held at Cook + Phillip Park this evening.

Botanic Gardens bats get marching orders today

Loud industrial noise and banging sounds will be played at Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens from today to scare off a colony of 5000 flying foxes.

Sydney's big bang: evicting 22,000 bats


Glenda Kwek So, how do you get a colony of 22,000 bats to move out of Sydney's iconic Royal Botanic Gardens? And how do you get them to go where you want?

Evicted bats spread their wings

Flying fox

Jim O'Rourke FLYING FOXES driven from Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens have spread as far as Bundaberg to the north and Pambula to the south, according to data from satellite tracking devices strapped around their...

Plan to drive them bats

Grey-headed flying foxes are to be driven out of the Royal Botanic Gardens by industrial noise after the Environment Minister, Peter Garrett, gave his approval.

Ghost bat pup born into Taronga Zoo's night sky

Ghost bat pup

Steve Jacobs Taronga Zoo is celebrating its first successful birth of a ghost bat pup in 15 years.

Flying fox mystery drives experts batty

Hundreds of grey-headed flying foxes soar over Commonwealth Park in January 2014.

Ben Westcott Canberra's flying fox experts are being driven batty by a mystery gripping the capital – what has happened to all the baby bats?