Friday, August 12, 2016

Barbed wire & wildlife don't mix

12th August 2016

The importance of Wildlife Friendly Fencing

Over the years we have documented numerous sad sightings of wildlife tangled on barbed wire fencing locally.  Often the outcome for these animals, is not good with a long painful death, suffering on the fence. Educating property owners about wildlife friendly fencing is imperative.  Livestock and wildlife can both co- exist safely.

Wildlife that become entangled on barbed wire, often also have injuries to their mouths, as they try to bite their way off the wire, causing dreadful damage from the barbs inside their mouths.

All photos below have been taken within the Toowoomba region.

Wildlife Friendly Fencing, is fencing that is safe and effective for wildlife, people and livestock.

•It does not entangle or harm wildlife.

•Allows the appropriate free movement of wildlife across rural and urban landscapes.

•Plain Wire Top and bottom is recommended for agricultural fencing to ensure wildlife can pass safely

•More information at:

J & B Gray

We discovered this Little Red Flying Fox that was alive and tangled on a farm barbed wire fence at Headington Hill.  The flying fox was kindly taken in by Darling Downs Zoo who organized emergency assessment and treatment.

Native Brown Quail that had died after becoming tangled on a barbed wire fence at Meringandan
One of my saddest discoveries - the remains of a tiny feathertail glider on a barbed wire fence, within a kilometer of our family home.  I was gutted that I hadn't seen it sooner.  This was the closest I had been to seeing a Feathertail Glider in the wild at the time, and it was devastating.

The feathertail glider remains from the barbed wire fence - Kleinton. 
Feathertail Glider remains on barbed wire fence at Kleinton.

A poor Little Red Flying Fox, that I didn't see until around 5pm one afternoon earlier this year.  The poor thing had been stuck on this council barbed wire fence overnight and all day.  I rang a local bat rescue lady that I know and fortunately she was able to come and remove the flying fox from the wire.  Experts who are vacinated to manage bats and flying foxes are the only ones who are allowed to handle these species.

The damage to the Little Red Flying Foxes wing is shown here.  The flying fox was taken into care, but it was thought it would be unlikely that it would be viable to survive in the wild, with such a large chunk of it's membrane missing in vital locations.

Wildlife Friendly fencing for livestock.  This photo is taken of a fence on one side of our property Jarowair, that adjoins a neighbour that has cattle grazing on their land.  As you can see, the bottom and top wires are plain wire, allowing for wildlife to easy make their way under, or glide over the top without becoming entangled, but the two barbed wire centre wires serve the purpose to ensure the neighbours cattle stay within their paddock.

Sugar Glider that had perished on a barbed wire fence at Kleinton in 2013.

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