“Bat numbers increased last week and we believe there is about 2000 at the moment,” Mr Castles said.
“The bats are roosting in numerous trees including the gardens’ heritage-listed trees near the fountain and to the east side of the gardens near the playgrounds and barbecue area.
“Council had DELWP approval to disperse the bats before the nurturing period started last year however we had no need to start dispersal as the bats had moved on.
“Council currently has two applications with DELWP requesting permission to disperse and to sustain dispersal outside the nurturing period (October to March).
“DELWP will not grant permission for dispersal during this nurturing stage when they have their young.
“However, there has also been a number of reported bat fatalities in other locations and this could compromise the approval of the applications,” he said.
“Council has placed signs advising the public to not approach the bats to avoid risk to the public and the bats, and we will continue to monitor bat numbers.”