Spectacled Flying Fox Recovery Team

Spectacled Flying-fox Recovery Team

The Spectacled Flying-fox Recovery Team works with all stakeholders to support conservation and protection of the endangered Spectacled Flying-fox.

Spectacled Flying-fox Recovery Team Membership
• Traditional owners
• Local Councils, State and Australian government agencies
• Regional NRM bodies
• Research organisations
• Landholders or land managers
• Conservation Organisations
• Wildlife Rescue Organisations
• Rainforest regeneration and recovery groups
• Business and Tourism
A current membership list can be obtained at any time from the coordinator.
Email: chair.sffrecovery@gmail.com
Spectacled-flying Fox Recovery Team


The endangered Spectacled Flying-fox currently is found across the Wet Tropics Bioregion from the Iron Range area on Cape York Peninsula through to Ingham, with a patchy distribution as far south as Mackay in central Queensland.

Until recently, there were 75 or so roost sites known to be regularly used as wet season camps. Recent work with citizens across the region, and reviews of old data and reports has identified more than 180 roost sites that are used either regularly or occasionally. Some of the roosts lie in continuous vegetation of rainforest, eucalypt forest and melaleuca forests, but most are isolated remnants, many in urban areas. The median size of the roost vegetation patches is 8 hectares, and they vary in condition from good to poor.

These sites have now been recorded in a database and the extent of all isolated roosts mapped on a Geographic Information System (GIS). The Recovery Team is working to validate all these roosts with the community and experts on the Spectacled Flying-fox. 

The Team will use these records, coupled with mapping of the past, current and potential future high temperature models, to provide a sound basis for planning roost vegetation recovery actions to assist in the recovery of the Spectacled Flying-fox populations.


  1. Climate change/global heating causing potential increase in cyclones and heat stress events, change in timing and availability of food resources
  2. Habitat destruction and fragmentation
  3. Persecution at camps
  4. Disease and abnormalities, namely cleft palate syndrome and tick paralysis
  5. Landscape dangers such as barbed wire fencing, backyard fruit netting and throw-over commercial orchard netting 

Opportunities to Help 

The Spectacled Flying Fox Recovery Team is still operating with very minimal funding and  members are volunteering their time. If you are a funder or Philanthropist, then the team is excited to meet you and share some of the ways that you can support Spectacled Flying-fox Recovery. 

You can volunteer and support the Tolga Bat Hospital, and wildlife carers either giving time or resources to the care of injured or sick. 

Report sightings of Spectacled Flying-foxes online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2C7BMN8. This helps us learn more about the distribution of Spectacled Flying-foxes, so we can prioritise recovery efforts. 

Spectacled Flying-fox Recovery Team Chair: Sera Steves

Email: chair.sffrecovery@gmail.com


Heat and climate change are key threats to Spectacled Flying-foxes.



North Qld Natural History Group

North Queensland Natural History Group Inc.

The North Queensland Natural History Group (NQNHG) has formed to learn, share and enjoy north Queensland’s natural history, and to support the sustainable management of the natural values of the region. NQNHG will share knowledge both among its members and the community at large, including traditional owners, pastoralists, conservation land managers and other interested parties. NQNHG will encourage participation by anyone with a passion for the natural riches of the region.


Brettacorp Inc.

Brettacorp Inc.’s  mission is to revegetate degraded lands and rehabilitate habitat through conservation and preservation techniques.

Magnificent Broodfrog

Magnificent Broodfrog Action Group

The Magnificent Broodfrog Action Group brings together scientists, local naturalists and interested community members to carry out priority actions to conserve the species. Our current focuses are: improving our understanding of the species distribution; improving survey methods to confirm presence/absence; and re-surveying historic records to determine if populations have declined to inform future listings of the species.

Sunflowers for soil health

Lower Wet Tropics Soilcare (LoWTS)

The objects of the association are to improve soil health through education, information, understanding, demonstration and testing.

PresidentAlan Lynnjenallynn@bigpond.com
SecretaryMichael Waringmjwaring60@gmail.com
TreasurerLisa and Steve Roegerroegsmob@bigpond.net.au
P&E Law

P&E Law

Planning, Environment & Native Title Law.

P&E Law
Phone07) 4041 7622
Address211 Draper Street
Cairns Qld 4870
Forever Wild

Forever Wild

Forever Wild will work to protect Earth’s last great wildernesses for societal well-being, for biological diversity and its evolutionary potential, for our cultural record and economic values.

Sea Turtle Foundation

Sea Turtle Foundation

Sea Turtle Foundation is a non-profit, non-government group based in Australia.  The group works to protect sea turtles through research, education and action.

Malanda Beef Plan

Malanda Beef Plan Group

Not for Profit organisation working together to educate and advise local farmers and students on the Beef industry.


Julatten and Molloy Association of Ratepayers and Residents Inc. (JAMARR)

JAMARR is a progress association which acts in the service of our regional communities: Julatten, Mount Molloy and surrounds.  The group’s mission is:

1. To act as an open discussion forum where matters of concern and interest may be voiced and decided upon by democratic process.
2. To represent its members in matters of concern relating to the region of Julatten, Mount Molloy, Mary Farm, and Mt Carbine.
3. To maintain information flow and public consultation between Government, the Community, and other interest groups regarding the needs and expectations of this community.
4. To facilitate and hold funding for appropriate Community Projects.

Johnstone River Community Gardens

Johnstone River Community Gardens

Garden-Members gather every week to fulfil a shared vision of Growing Food, Nourishing Community. We achieve this by sharing our knowledge and passion for all things gardening and sustainability, and striving together to grow and enjoy fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Situated in the heart of Innisfail, Johnstone River Community Gardens is 2.5 acres of beautiful leafy surrounds, abundant with birds, butterflies, lizards, and other native critters. Perfect for a relaxing stroll, bringing the kids for a play, yarning with friends, or walking the dog (leashed please!).

Mabi Forest Recovery Team

Mabi Forest Recovery Team

To protect and rehabilitate Mabi Forest and, where possible, expand Mabi Forest into adjacent areas through an integrated program of habitat protection, on-ground management, rehabilitation, research and public involvement.