Wildlife Friendly Fencing Project - 2007 (ongoing)
More than 60 wildlife species have been identified in Australia as occasional or regular victims of barbed wire fences. Each year thousands of these animals face a cruel death or permanent disability from entanglement on wires that are invisible to them at night. Many of the survivors are euthanased as they are unreleasable. Nocturnal animals such as bats, gliders and raptors are especially at risk.
Barbed wire is an icon in the Australian landscape that has remained unchallenged for too long. Fencing is integral to good land management, but it needs to be done in a way that is wildlife-friendly. There are non-harmful fencing alternatives available that minimise the likelihood of harm to wildlife.
In September 2006 Bat Rescue's FNQ counterparts, Tolga Bat Hospital, received a grant from the Threatened Species Network of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to commence the Wildlife Friendly Fencing Project. The long process of raising public awareness of the impact of barbed wire on all wildlife, especially those under serious threat of extinction, has already begun.
Funding from WWF targeted Queensland, in particular the Atherton Tablelands and south-east Queensland. The flagship species for the project were the Spectacled Flying-fox (Pteropus conspicillatus), Grey-Headed Flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) and Mahogany Glider (Petaurus gracilis).
Bat Rescue Inc. administered the Wildlife Friendly Fencing Project activities in south-east Queensland, and is proud to be in partnership with Tolga Bat Hospital and Bat Conservation & Rescue (Brisbane) for this worthwhile initiative.
Please visit www.wildlifefriendlyfencing.com for detailed information on the project and how you can help.