Fruit Tree Netting
Due to tree clearing, climate change, etc our animals are being displaced from their natural habitat and in some instances are now turning to the fruit trees in our gardens.
Tree netting has been a popular method of protecting fruit from Flying-foxes and other wildlife, however, the wrong type of netting can cause fatalities.
To protect our animals, a wildlife-friendly netting should be utilised.
This netting has a mesh size of less than 5mm. Hungry animals are easily caught in ‘bird netting’, which has a mesh size greater than 1cm square. Wildlife-friendly netting should have a mesh size of less than 5 mm.
Unfortunately, most animals who are trapped in inappropriate netting usually die a horrid painful death or require extensive long term care.
For further information please visit Wildlife Friendly Netting.
To download a copy of their brochure, please click on the image to the right.
Barbed wire fencing
Another major issue that faces our wildlife is barbed wire fencing!
Here is a list of some of the injuries that may befall a flying-fox:-
In desperation many bats will try to bite themselves in an attempt to get off the barbed wire fence. This can result in severe damage to the roof of the mouth, loss of teeth and even fractures of the jaw.
Bat wings consists of 2 layers of skin with nerves, blood vessels, musculature and lymphatics in between. Most bats are caught on the fence by their wings, and this results in tearing, puncturing, severe bruising, inflammation and death of tissue. The wing is often badly twisted as the bat is spun around on impact, as well as from struggling to free itself.
Bones can be broken, or stripped bare. Regeneration of wing tissue around the bone can sometimes be miraculous, especially in a young animal.
Bats can be entangled by the hair and skin anywhere. The resulting puncture wounds can be of varying severity.
Please visit Wildlife Friendly Fencing for fencing alternatives.