The People of Parra Park
Watching the bats hanging on the branches is fascinating
Parramatta Park is really special to me because it has a colony of grey-headed flying foxes. I am a WIRES [Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service] volunteer and one of the species we rescue is bats. There are not many parks where you can go and see a big group of animals like that in their natural habitat and it's great that Parramatta Park doesn't try to disperse them. WIRES received a grant from the council and once a month we go down to the Park to deliver bat talks and educate people about how important bats are for the environment.
I go down to Parramatta Park a lot in summer to check on the bats and spray them with water and rescue the babies that fall out of the trees. The Park is such a beautiful place to walk around the loop road and look at the wildlife and enjoy the history. I take visitors for a walk along the river, to Old Government House, to the café at the gates for afternoon tea and then to watch the bats hanging on the branches. It's fascinating.
Deborah M, 2018