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A selection of news related to EUROBATS and other bat conservation activities.
News items of previous years can be accessed in the Archive.

Misconceptions and misinformation about bats and viruses: expert response

A critical response of leading bat experts  to the paper "Bats in ecosystems and their wide spectrum of viral infectious potential threats: SARS-CoV-2 and other emerging viruses" published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases. It is shown in the letter to the editor that the paper of Bonilla-Aldana et al. contained multiple critical errors and misrepresentations related to bat taxonomy, ecology, and physiology, and the linkages between bats and specific viruses.

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Fledermausschutz in Europa III out now! (available only in German)

Das  BfN-Skript „Fledermaussschutz in Europa III“ ist fertig gestellt und barrierefrei im Internet verfügbar. 

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US GS study: big brown bats are not susceptible to SARS-CoV-2

To help determine the impacts of the pandemic virus on North American bat populations, authors experimentally challenged big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus) with SARS‐CoV‐2 under BSL‐3 conditions. They inoculated the bats both oropharyngeally and nasally, and over the ensuing three weeks we measured infectivity, pathology, virus concentrations in tissues, oral and rectal virus excretion, virus transmission, and clinical signs of disease.

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New world record of a bat movement originates from Europe

A carcass of a male Pipistrellus nathusii ringed in Pape Natural Park on the Baltic coast (South Latvia) in August 2015 was recovered in Pitillas' Lagoon Natural Reserve (N Spain) in March 2017. At 2224 km in SSW direction, this is the first documented bat migration between these countries and the longest documented distance of a bat movement. 

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Applications to the Kate Barlow award open

BCT pleased to announce that applications to the Kate Barlow award are now open – the closing date is 5pm GMT,  24th November 2020.

The Kate Barlow Award aims to encourage the next generation of bat researchers by providing a substantive contribution towards the research costs of a postgraduate student undertaking research that will benefit bat conservation, in honour of the late Dr Kate Barlow’s contribution to this field.

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New issue of Hypsugo Journal

A new issue of  Hypsugo, a periodical journal of bat research in Balkans, has recently been published, with PDF version available online on the website of the Center for Karst and Speleology at http://centarzakrs.ba/sismi

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New IZW publication on bat protection in wind farm projects available for download free of charge

In Germany, wind parks cause a high number of casualties in bats, which can potentially lead to endangering the protected bat species.

Effective bat protection is, therefore, necessary for the implementation of an ecologically sustainable energy transition that considers the goals of both climate and biodiversity protection.

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A new bat species confirmed for Europe: Plecotus gaisleri


Plecotus gaisleri is among the last species to have been recognized among long-eared bats of the Mediterranean basin. The availability of unconfirmed records only had led Eurobats to exclude it from the latest checklist of European bat.

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