Victoria is home to many wildlife species that feed on fruit, including birds, bats (flying foxes) and possums.

As Victorian wildlife is protected by law, it is important to protect your backyard fruit trees from Victorian wildlife species that feed on it in a wildlife-safe way.  

Ensure wildlife do not get entangled in fruit tree netting by using the correct, safe netting to protect your trees.

Identifying the damage

The Bird and Flying-Fox Bat Damage to Orchard Fruit Guide is designed to help you identify which animal is damaging your fruit and provides suggestions to effectively manage it.

Bird and Flying-Fox Bat Damage to Orchard Fruit: A Guide (PDF, 245.0 KB)
Bird and Flying-Fox Bat Damage to Orchard Fruit: A Guide (DOCX, 1.5 MB)

Protecting your fruit trees

Unfortunately, the use of inappropriate fruit tree netting is the leading cause of flying fox injury and death in Victoria.

To test if your fruit tree netting is wildlife safe, see if you can fit a finger through the netting holes. If you can, don’t put the net on your trees, and help keep wildlife safe!

The Fruit tree netting and wildlife fact sheet has been developed with the help of wildlife experts to help inform the public on the safest ways to protect backyard fruit trees and ensure wildlife does not get entangled in them.

Fruit tree netting and wildlife (PDF, 332.8 KB)
Fruit tree netting and wildlife (DOCX, 1.4 MB)