Flying foxes die in heatwave

Hundreds of bats have died in the Hunter and colonies have narrowly avoided collapse as a result of the record-breaking heatwave over the weekend.

Temperatures in Singleton reached 47.2 degrees on Saturday and hundreds of dehydrated flying foxes in the Burdekin Park colony fell from their trees or died, still clinging to the branches.

In Cessnock and Maitland, colony carers hosed the animals in a bid to keep them alive. The colonies remain largely unharmed by the heat.