Environmentalist John Parsons will host informative education sessions of flying foxes this month at the Hervey Bay Library and the Tooan Tooan Creek Bridge.
Environmentalist John Parsons will host informative education sessions of flying foxes this month at the Hervey Bay Library and the Tooan Tooan Creek Bridge. Alistair Brightman

Help replace habitat for mosquito-eating microbats

AS THE Fraser Coast grows and their habitat becomes more scarce, displaced microbats may use homemade boxes to live in.

With help from the Burrum Heads Men Shed, environmentalist John Parsons has constructed hollow timber boxes residents can put in their yards.

The boxes will be a home for microbats as, development in the region continues.

"Because of the growth of the Fraser Coast we're taking down their habitat," Mr Parsons said.

However anybody wanting to install a bat box will need to pay $5 and register it with Mr Parsons.

He will then monitor the colony around your property with information then passed on to the Burnett Mary Regional Group.

The microbat lives in different spaces ranging from hollow logs and palm trees to culverts in the ground.

About 25 boxes have been built or are in production and Mr Parsons hopes the number will continue to grow so more people can put them around their property.

The bats will take about three months to move into the boxes which are expected to be popular during mating season.

Microbats

  • Can lower their body temperature to two degrees
  • A single microbat can catch 1200 mosquitos in one hour
  • They weigh from 3g to 150g


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