Damage results not only from entanglement on the barbs, but also from dehydration, attempts by the animal to untangle itself, and impact with the fence and fence posts. The forces involved at impact are quite significant especially for an animal that is moving at speed. The longer the animal is on the fence, the less likely it is to ever return to the wild.

  1. Injuries - Bats

  2. Injuries - Birds

  3. Injuries - Gliders

  4. Injuries - Macropods

  5. Injuries - Other Species

We are interested to obtain a comprehensive list of species affected by barbed wire. Please let us know if you can add to the following list, begun from a list compiled by Dr Rodney van der Ree in 1999 "Barbed Wire Fencing as a Hazard for Wildlife". Click to obtain a copy of the VDR article.pdf

Spectacled flying fox (Pteropus conspicillatus)
Grey-headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalis)
Black flying fox (Pteropus alecto)
Little Red flying fox (Pteropus scapulatus)
Nyctimene robinsonii (Tube-nosed fruitbat)
Blossom Bat (Sychonycteris australis)

Long-eared bat (Nyctopilus bifax)
Ghost bats (Macroderma gigas)
White-striped freetail (Tadarida australis)

Kookaburra, Galah, Rock Dove, Australian Magpie, White-winged Chough, Metallic Starling
Royal Spoonbill, Silver Gull, White-faced Heron, White-necked (Pacific) Heron, Short-tailed shearwater, Australian Pelican, Nankeen Night Hern, Buff-banded Rail, Little Button-quail, Red-chested Button-quail, Lathams Snipe, Bush Stone-curlew, Black-fronted Dotterel, Masked lapwing, Rainbow Lorikeet, Red-rumped parrot, Sulphut-crested Cockatoo, Little Corella, Night Parrot, Bourke's Parrot, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, Nankeen Kestrel, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Brown Falcon, Peregrine Falcon, Australian Hobby, Chestnut-breated Quail-thrush, Common Bronzewing, Flock Bronzewing, Crested Pidgeon, Inland Dotterel, Galah, Australian Ringneck, Budgerigar, Zebra Finch, Southern Boobook, Barn Owl, Grass Owl, Tawny Frogmouth, Australian Owlet-nightjar, Masked Owl
Sarus Crane, Brolga, Australian Bustard, Southern Cassowary

Mahogany glider (Petaurus gracilis)
Sugar glider (Petaurus breviceps)
Greater glider (Petauroides volans)
Squirrel glider (Petaurus norfolcensis)
Yellow-bellied glider (Petaurus australis)

Agile wallaby, Tasmanian Pademelon
Brush-tailed Bettong, Grassland Melomys
Red fox