The incredible bat journey

A bat is tracked on an epic journey.

BBC Nature – British bat makes incredible journey.

The first bat to cross the sea from the UK to Europe has been recorded, according to experts.

The tiny Nathusius’ pipistrelle was first ringed in Blagdon, near Bristol, and was discovered nearly 600km away in the Netherlands.

Experts suggest this could be the first evidence that the bats migrate across the North Sea.

The bat was originally ringed in the UK by Daniel Hargreaves from the charity Bat Conservation Trust in 2012, at a lake in the south west of England.

Teddy Dolstra, from the Friesland Mammal Working Group, discovered its body during routine monitoring of a roost site on the north coast of the Netherlands at the end of last year.


Amazing critters. This one didn’t make it but he made history for showing that this journey could be made. More study is needed to confirm that this is a regular occurrence. It was difficult to track these animals because they are too small to carry normal sized tags. This was a fortuitous find that helps us understand more about bat migration.

  3 comments for “The incredible bat journey

  1. January 20, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Bats are amazing. One of the best “sciencey” things I’ve done was to sit in the amphitheatre outside the main opening of Carlsbad Cavern at dusk, and watch (and, even better, listen to) 300,000 bats fly out.

  2. January 20, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    I’m still hoping for space bat to return.

  3. Dave Bailey
    January 20, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Migratory bats are not unknown, can’t see what all the fuss is about. It may be the first time it has been recorded for this particular species, but nothing special for others.

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