Good Bushland Neighbours

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When people think of bats they usually think of flying foxes. Unlike flying foxes microbats use echolocation to see. They are little creatures weighing between 2 and 170 grams depending on the species. They eat a whole range of insects including mosquitoes, beetles, moths and cockroaches. They can sometimes be seen fluttering around street lights.

Come and go batty in March

Explore your local bushland for microbats and other night-life on one of our dusk Habitat Hikes or join your local Landcare group to learn more about our furry neighbours and help install microbat boxes in a park near you.

Dusk Habitat Hikes

Monday 20 March 7pm
George McGregor Reserve (meet opposite number 25 Cambridge Drive, Rankin Park)
Tuesday 21 March 7pm
Jesmond Bushland (meet opposite number 31 Robinson Avenue, Lambton)
Wednesday 29 March 6:45pm
Wallsend Brickworks Park (meet on Victory Parade, Wallsend - opposite Crest Road)
Thursday 30 March 6:45pm
Richley Reserve, Blackbutt (meet in carpark - duck pond end)

Discover the wonderful world of microbats and help install a microbat box

Sunday 19 March 9am
Kotara Park (meet near Scout hall, Kotara)
Sunday 19 March 1:30pm
Aries Way Reserve (meet next door to 80 Aries Way, Elermore Vale)
Sunday 26 March 8:30am
Wallsend Brickworks Park (meet at end of Iranda Grove, Wallsend)
Sunday 26 March 1pm
Bushland Corridor (meet next door to 20 Barellan Street, Lambton)

Please wear covered shoes, long pants, bring a bottle of water, a torch (if attending a habitat hike) and rain jacket if rain is forecast. To book call 4974 2622 or email

Are you a Good Bushland Neighbour? If you live close to bushland there are a range of things you can do to help Newcastle's bushland thrive.
  • Keep your backyard in your backyard. Dumping lawn clippings or green waste in bushland will spread weeds and can create a fire hazard
  • Why not build a nestbox for our furry and feathery friends and install it in your backyard
  • Why not compost your green waste at home in a compost bin or worm farm or use your green bin
  • Leave the bush in the bush. Do not remove dead trees, logs or branches from reserves as these are often homes for our local wildlife
  • Remove any invasive weeds from your garden and replace them with local natives. They require less water and attract native birds and animals to your garden
  • Keep you cats and dogs out of the bush as their instinct is to hunt native wildlife
  • Stay on all designated tracks when using bushland areas and take all your rubbish away with you.