A ringed female Nathusius’ pipistrelle (Pipistrellus nathusii), weighing in at just 8g, recently set a British record by flying 2,018km from London to the Russian village of Molgino, near Moscow – where it was killed by a cat.
A Nathusius’ bat was first identified in the reserve in 2019 by Richard Green, Lead Ecologist for the RPS Ecology Survey of Church Lane. This is just one of twelve species of bats identified in the reserve.
Header imge: Nathusius pipistrelle wing by Rauno Kalda (CC BY-SA 4.0) via Wikimedia Commons
Are you sure it didn’t hang itself up to sleep inside a lorry and get driven across to Moscow?
I expect there are quite a few record eco-distances that were actually motor-assisted at the time. In fact, there is a snake-on-a-plane story in the US media this morning: https://thehill.com/homenews/nexstar_media_wire/3695081-snake-on-a-plane-startles-passengers-on-flight-from-tampa-to-newark/
Awwww. That’s sad 😢
The practice of ringing birds and bats usually comes into its own with the discovery of a corpse.
Southwick Country Park: I know 😢