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Microbat species prevalent in Canterbury-Bankstown

Microbat species prevalent in Canterbury-Bankstown The City of Canterbury Bankstown recently completed its latest Deepwater Fauna survey along the Georges River, which revealed 16 of the 19 known microbat species in Sydney exists in Canterbury-Bankstown. No  

The City of Canterbury Bankstown recently completed its latest Deepwater Fauna survey along the Georges River, which revealed 16 of the 19 known microbat species in Sydney exists in Canterbury-Bankstown.

As part of Biodiversity Month in September, Council will shine a light on the microbat species through a special talk and tour on Thursday 21 September.

Administrator, Richard Colley, encouraged locals to take part in the evening so that they could learn about the nocturnal species.

"Of the 16 species recorded using an anabat detector, seven of these are a threatened species," Mr Colley said.

"Information like this assists us in planning for future environmental projects that help us further protect our flora and fauna. As with a lot of animals, habitat loss is a key threat."

One of the ways Council aims to protect microbats is to provide habitat boxes throughout the City, which offers shelter and homes for these types of animals.

Mr Colley said over the past decade, more than 220 habitat boxes have been installed and registered in Council’s asset system.

"Just recently, we installed another 10 along Kelso Creek in Panania to help manage insect populations," he said.

Other key highlights of the survey also revealed the Georges River area has at least 20 native mammal species; 84 native bird species; six reptile species; and eight types of amphibians.

"What’s particularly fascinating is a green tree frog was recorded using a Song Meter, and they’re not usually found in the Sydney Metropolitan Region. The research also revealed we’ve got barn owls and Australian owlet-nightjars living here too," Mr Colley said.

It is the fifth time Council conducted this type of survey. In previous years, other locations included: Duck River Corridor: Lansdowne Reserve; Georges River Foreshore; and Lake Gillawarna.

"For an urban environment, it’s particularly interesting to find out the breakdown of species living in our area and how many species choose the Canterbury-Bankstown environment as its home," Mr Colley said.

Register for the microbat tour and talk, and other events at cb.city/events

Other Biodiversity Month activities include: Plant giveaways from 4-9 September; a flying fox talk on Thursday 7 September; a tour of Sylvan Grove on Wednesday 13 September; a Backyard Biodiversity talk on Friday 15 September; a microbat talk and tour on Thursday 21 September; a bird-watching tour on Sunday 24 September; and a reptile show at Riverwood and Bankstown Library and knowledge Centres on Tuesday 26 September.


 13/09/2017 10:19 AM