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Pipistrellus nathusii

Up until 1985 Nathusius’ pipistrelle was considered to be a rare vagrant into the British Isles. Most records were from May or September which may indicate that recorded bats were migrants. In Europe over 60,000 have been ringed to study migration and so far the furthest distance travelled is 1,905km. A bat ringed in Germany was later recaptured in Jersey. As they occur just over the English Channel it was only a matter of time before they were recorded more frequently in Britain. A nursery roost was discovered in east Lincolnshire in 1996 and two more roosts were found in Northern Ireland in 1997 and 1998. A look at the distribution map at www.nathusius.org.uk will show that most English counties have now recorded them either by detector or in the hand.

The first record of Nathusius’ pipistrelle in Nottingham was in February 2004 when Margaret Thurgood collected a dead bat from the PDSA at Dunkirk. Where it came from remains a mystery. In May the same year Margaret collected another bat from the PDSA but this time we had the location which was actually just over the county boundary at Long Eaton. This bat recovered well and was successfully released.

The first bat detector record of this species in Nottinghamshire came from a public batwalk at Attenborough Nature Reserve in July 2006. It was heard in roughly the same location as the one recorded this year. The batwalk in September 2006 also noted one at the same location. Since then more have been recorded at Attenborough in 2007 and 2009. There were two batwalks in 2008 but no Nathusius’ pipistrelle were recorded. In 2009 Nathusius’pipistrelle were recorded at four separate locations. On each occasion the calls were recorded and analysed on computer to confirm the species.