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‘Olympian’ bat smashes British record for long distance migration


A tiny bat has been nicknamed the ‘Olympic bat’ by scientists after she beat all known British records and flew 2,018 km across Europe – one of the greatest ever known flights by a bat.

Resident Svetlana Lapina discovered the female Nathusius’ pipistrelle bat in her small Russian village of Molgino in the Pskov region. She noticed its arm was ringed, with London Zoo written on it. Remarkably, the little bat had been ringed back in 2016 at Bedfont Lakes Country Park near Heathrow in London by bat recorder Brian Briggs. It was about the size of a human thumb and weighed just 8g.

Brian said: “This is very exciting. It’s great to be able to contribute to the international conservation work to protect these extraordinary animals and learn more about their fascinating lives.” MORE