A bat is tracked on an epic 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.