Uncovering Sydney Olympic Park’s nightlife

White-striped Freetailed Bat

The White-striped Freetailed Bat (Austronomus australis) is one of the larger microbat species at Sydney Olympic Park. Photo: Marg Turton

Sydney Olympic Park has a healthy nightlife with a diversity of habitats attracting as many as 10 microbat species and at least one species of Flying Fox (and we don’t mean the children’s play equipment).

Marg Turton is an ecologist who has been studying the bat populations at Sydney Olympic Park since 2006.

Marg will be speaking at Life in the Park free short talks this Sunday 16 August and has given us a little preview into what she will be sharing….

“Insectivorous bats or microbats are primary predators of night-flying insects consuming vast quantities each night, with many very damaging pests on their menu.

Sydney Olympic Park supports breeding microbats and contains the only maternity colony of White-striped Freetailed Bats known to utilise a building.

The diversity of bat species within the parklands is quite amazing, given it’s location within a major city.”

Come along to Life in the Park and hear more from Marg about this fascinating little winged creatures.


Communications & Community Engagement Coordinator, Sydney Olympic Park Authority

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