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Antenna station on water tower Wenduine helps to map bat migration in Belgian coastal region

De Haan (2021.04.02) – In order to be able to track bats over long distances and better protect them along their migration routes, researchers from the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) have installed a new antenna station on the water tower of Wenduine. This was done in collaboration with the Belgian coastal municipality of De Haan and Bionet natuuronderzoek.

Press release by: municipality of De Haan, in collaboration with the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)

Are you aware that bats are present along our coast? Moreover, some bat populations travel over long distances (sometimes up to 1500 km) and can even fly across the North Sea to the British Isles and vice versa.

Thanks to a new antenna station on the water tower in the coastal town of Wenduine, researchers can better track bat migration routes along the Belgian coast. The station picks up radio signals from small transmitters mounted on the bats. Each time a tagged bat passes the station, the antennas pick up a signal, allowing researchers to monitor the bats' whereabouts. The transmitters are very light and can also be used to track songbirds and larger insects.

The station's antennas are located high on the water tower to increase the reception range to several kilometers.

The receiving station in Wenduine is one of three stations along the Belgian coast, and is part of a wider European and international infrastructure network (MOTUS Wildlife Tracking network).

The research into migrating bats along the North Sea coast is part of the Belgian LifeWatch Marine Observatory, developed by VLIZ.

Read more: https://lifewatch.be/en/motus-wildlife-tracking-system

Press contacts

  • Lieselotte Olders, communication officer municipality De Haan: +32-(0)489-31 76 86 | lieselotte.olders@dehaan.be
  • Bart De Smet, Senior Science Officer Science Communications Flanders Marine Insttute (VLIZ): +32-(0)478-56 96 78 | bart.de.smet@vliz.be