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good afternoon. team gb have won two more gold medals at the tokyo olympics, taking their total to 20. flyweight boxer galal yafai secured britain's first gold in the men's flyweight division since 1956. and joe choong won the men's modern pentathlon. andy swiss has this report. olympic gold has rarely tasted sweeter. british boxing hadn't had a champion at these games. but galal yafai soon sorted that.
oh, and he's down! oh, there you go! it took him barely a minute to put his opponent on the canvas. and, from there, victory was gloriously inevitable. before the last games, yafai was working in a car factory. now the 28—year—old, whose two brothers are also boxers, had achieved the ultimate. and so has this man — after swimming, fencing, and shooting, joe choong sprinted to gold in the modern pentathlon. and there is the new olympic champion for great britain. delight for the 26—year—old from kent. and, after kate french's victory in the women's event yesterday, a dazzling double for team gb. there was more british success in the cycling. matt walls and ethan hayter are housemates back in manchester, and they teamed up to take silver in the madison. and there was another medalfor tom daley. oh, tom daley, you superhero! a bronze in the individual event
to go with his earlier gold in the synchronised. he's certainly had a glittering games. andy swiss, bbc news. most coronavirus restrictions in wales ended this morning. people are able to gather in unlimited groups indoors and nightclubs can reopen. but facemasks will still be required by law in shops and on public transport. our correspondent hywel griffith is outside the senedd — the welsh parliament — in cardiff. the weather means it is a day for staying indoors and, from today, the people of wales can do that without any limits on numbers, be it in private homes, or pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants, and there is no longer a legal requirement to socially distance, changes which happened in england three weeks ago. the welsh government has urged people to be cautious are still saying, they can meet outdoors and keep their distance and work from home, to carry on doing so for now.
also the rules on facemasks are staying the same, and only in hospitality venues like bars and cafes can people be mask free. our service also resumes in those venues, and one of the key change at the end of the temperamental, people have been vaccinated no longer to self—isolate if they have been in contact with somebody who has tested positive. let's take a look at some of today's other news. planes and helicopters carrying water are trying to halt the spread of wildfires across greece. the country is suffering its worst heatwave in more than 30 years. residents from some suburbs of athens have been evacuated from their homes. more than 700 firefighters are tackling the blazes. britain and the united states have urged their remaining citizens in afghanistan to leave immediately because of the worsening security situation. the taliban have captured swathes of territory since western forces began their withdrawal in the spring. military experts from the g7
countries have concluded that a drone used in a deadly attack on an tanker off the coast of oman last week was made in iran. a british security guard and the ship's romanian captain were killed. iran has consistently denied orchestrating the attack. that's it for now. we're back on bbc one at 5:45pm. bye for now. hello. you're watching the bbc news channel. it is time for some sport. good afternoon. i have a detailed look at the main sports stories of the day. at the
olympics, it has been another olympics, it has been another olympic dam a golden day for team gb. it's now 20 gold medals for british athletes afterjoe choong made history in the men's modern pentathlon. he's the first british man to become the individual olympic champion in this multi—format competition. he had a healthy lead going into the final event, the laser run, in which you shoot lasers at targets and run 800 metres in laps. choong was chased down on the final lap by egypt's ahmed elgendy, but the british athlete opened up a gap around the final bend. he said he was swearing in his head and was in shock as he crossed the line. and remember team gb won the women's modern pentathlon yesterday, with kate french taking gold in that one. ever since i can remember watching the olympics in sydney when i was five, athens, kelly holmes, i have always said i want to be the best in the world at something. i have been world number one, but is not the same as winning world championships or olympics. this is a dream come true. what a journey it's been for british boxer galal yafai — from being told off by his mum
forfighting with his brothers at home while growing up in birmingham to olympic gold in tokyo. it's team gb�*s first gold medal in the boxing at these games, and yafai came flying out of the traps to dominate the final from the start, before beating carlo paalam of the philippines 4—1 in the points decision to become the flyweight olympic champion. his brothers, who are professional boxers now, tweeted saying they were so proud, they were lost for words. luckily the new champion had plenty to say. iamjust so i am just so determined to win. i have seen loads of people say over twitter and social media the heart that galal yafai has got. i would like to thank them all for giving me compliments. but, yeah, i havejust got the heart and desire to win. what a debut olympics this has been for british cyclist matt walls. after winning a gold medal, in the men's omnium, he's now won a silver medal in the men's madison alongside ethan hayter. the madison is a 50 kilometre race in which points are awarded for 20 intermediate sprints.
and the british pair held the gold medal spot after ten sprints, having made a strong and consistent start, then they faded in an open race, before a breathless final sprint secured silver. it wasn't quite enough to overhaul reigning world champions denmark, who won gold, but what a ride from team gb. the history making medals keep coming for team gb. in the last half an hour, josh kerr has won a bronze medal, in the 1500 metres. it's the first medal at this distance for a british man for 33 years. he almost beat world champion timothy cheruiyot, on the line to silver, while the clear winner was norway's jakob ingerbrigtsen. josh care only scraped through qualification. he then had a long, hard talk with himself. it qualification. he then had a long, hard talk with himself.— hard talk with himself. it worked because he _ hard talk with himself. it worked because he set _ hard talk with himself. it worked because he set a _ hard talk with himself. it worked because he set a new _ hard talk with himself. it worked because he set a new personal. hard talk with himself. it worked - because he set a new personal best. only mo farah has run faster. great britain's tom daley has
another olympic medal after winning won bronze in the men's 10 metre platform diving in an absorbing final at tokyo 2020. daley was in a three—way tussle for gold, but chinese pair cao yuan and yang tien were just about flawless, and took the top two spots. daley says a second medal was beyond his own wildest dreams, having already ended a long wait for olympics gold in the synchronised 10 metres platform final last week. daley looked relaxed and focused throughout this final and celebrated poolside after securing a fourth olympic medal overall, in his fourth games. i honestly am so happy that this olympics has gone the way it has. i feel like a different athlete, and i feel like a different athlete, and i feel like a different athlete, and i feel like i been through so many different things over the years to finally get here. if someone had told me i would win a gold and a bronze, i probably would have laughed in theirface. i owe this bronze, i probably would have laughed in their face. i owe this to so many people — my coach, all my physios, support staff, and also of
course lance, robbie, my mum and all my friends watching at home. although i am the one standing on the podium, there are so many people behind the medals that you see these athletes winning. mm? behind the medals that you see these athletes winning.— athletes winning. away from all the action at the _ athletes winning. away from all the action at the olympics, _ athletes winning. away from all the action at the olympics, plenty - athletes winning. away from all the action at the olympics, plenty of i action at the olympics, plenty of other sports going on. england's cricketers are looking to their captain, whom they hope can stay at the crease today, to give them a chance of winning, the first test against india at trent bridge. all eyes on joe all eyes onjoe root. it was a wobbly start to their second innings — with rory burns and zak crawley both caught behind for 18 and six, respectively. butjoe root has started to settle in with dom sibley. and root is on 55, and england are 118—2, and lead by 23 on day four of the opening test. the british and irish lions�* decisive third test in south africa "has huge implications for the future of rugby", says three—time tourist ronan o'gara. controversy around refereeing, culminating in rassie erasmus' hour—long video, has stolen most of the focus from the games themselves. and the slow paced second test didnt offer much flowing rugby either.
the lions are determined to bounce back from that defeat, and gregor townsend says the team need to show their true selves. when you put it in context of the last eight weeks and the challenges we have gone through, and south africa, but obviously we are a long way from our families for a huge period of time, it would be a massive achievement. but the game is about the... the tissues and games about the... the tissues and games about what happens on the field. our players are focused this week. they have looked really sharp. they know last week, especially in that second half, was not a performance of who they are and what date we are capable of doing. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. it isa it is a busy day of football. rangers in the scottish premiership,
call us at the moment at dundee united. all the football latest from the efl and in scotland at the bbc website. how can you forget the website! thank you for that, mike. more now on those wildfires in greece, where one volunteer firefighter has died after being hit by a falling electricity pole. bethany bell is in malakasa near athens, she sent us this update. this is the main north—south motorway near athens, but it has been closed for two days because of all the fires that keep breaking out around here. we have seen, over the past half an hour or so, helicopters coming back your time and time again, trying to put out the blazes on these mountainsides. but it is not working yet. the strong, scorching winds are making things very difficult for the emergency services. international help is on its way. people are trying to do as
much as they can, but this is a really... what the authorities are saying, a really unprecedented situation. on the outskirts of athens, we know thousands of people have been evacuated from their houses. in athens and in other parts of greece, on the island of evia, the situation is very difficult for them. last night we watched as the r flames came down a mountainside towards the house of one man who was standing watching in dismay, saying, what can i do? my house is about to burn. huge amounts of water have been released to try to extinguish them. you still see sparks setting off little new fires in other places, and it is so tender dry year. when you get closer to where the flames are happening, things are crackling because they are just so parched. this is, with the heatwave, with the very strong winds, it is making things very difficult for the emergency services. but there has
also been criticism. we have heard from residents saying the authorities know that wildfires happen, they know summers can be hot, they should have been more prepared to deal with this. bethany belt with the latest on those wildfires in greece. in thailand, riot police have fired tear gas to try to disperse anti—government protesters in the capital bangkok. thousands of police have been deployed in an effort to stop the demonstators from reaching the grand palace in the heart of the city. the protesters are demanding political reforms and are angry at the thai government's handling of the pandemic. more now on the olympics. team gb have had their second best performance at an overseas olympics with 20 golds and 63 medals. cycling has been a big part of britain's success in tokyo with 11 medals — including five golds. we can speak now to the former gb track and bmx cyclist, sha naze reade. good to see you. thank you for
joining us. good to see you. thank you for joining ve— good to see you. thank you for joining ne— joining us. hi, guys, thanks for havin: joining us. hi, guys, thanks for having me _ joining us. hi, guys, thanks for having me on. _ joining us. hi, guys, thanks for having me on. you _ joining us. hi, guys, thanks for having me on. you have - joining us. hi, guys, thanks for having me on. you have some| joining us. hi, guys, thanks for- having me on. you have some cycling auoin on having me on. you have some cycling going on around _ having me on. you have some cycling going on around you. _ having me on. you have some cycling going on around you. i _ having me on. you have some cycling going on around you. i think - having me on. you have some cycling going on around you. i think we - going on around you. i think we might see some people on bikes go past you at some point. they must be inspired by team gb�*s success in tokyo. it has been phenomenal. this is the tokyo. it has been phenomenal. ti 3 is the community help i am at in glasgow. obviously the success that the gb athletes have had is definitely filtering through into the communities. just seeing little two—year—olds out on bikes, having a fantastic time, that is what it is all about. fantastic time, that is what it is allabout. ~ ., ., , ., all about. medals today for great britain's ethan _ all about. medals today for great britain's ethan hayter— all about. medals today for great britain's ethan hayter and - all about. medals today for great britain's ethan hayter and matt l britain's ethan hayter and matt wells taking madison silver. what makes the cycling team so good? there is real depth across multiple events. i there is real depth across multiple events. ~ , there is real depth across multiple events. ~' , ., , events. i think the big part of why british cycling _ events. i think the big part of why british cycling has _ events. i think the big part of why british cycling has become - events. i think the big part of why british cycling has become so - british cycling has become so successful over the last few years as the infrastructure is there, they have got the facilities. the teen kabaddi we have. when you see kai and beth when they got gold and silver, they were cheering each other on. we have made it one big family. we are in an individual
sport, but we teach them a treat each other as a team. you sport, but we teach them a treat each other as a team.— sport, but we teach them a treat each other as a team. you have been doin: each other as a team. you have been doing some — each other as a team. you have been doing some commentary _ each other as a team. you have been doing some commentary during - each other as a team. you have been doing some commentary during the l doing some commentary during the olympics. it was the voice? mi; doing some commentary during the olympics. it was the voice? my voice in my heartrate _ olympics. it was the voice? my voice in my heartrate has _ olympics. it was the voice? my voice in my heartrate hasjust _ olympics. it was the voice? my voice in my heartrate hasjust come - olympics. it was the voice? my voice in my heartrate hasjust come back l in my heartrate has just come back down. how could you not have enthusiasm for what they are doing right now. enthusiasm for what they are doing ri . ht now. . enthusiasm for what they are doing riaht now. ., ,, ., ., right now. that passion and enthusiasm _ right now. that passion and enthusiasm is _ right now. that passion and enthusiasm is what - right now. that passion and enthusiasm is what you - right now. that passion and l enthusiasm is what you need right now. that passion and - enthusiasm is what you need to become a cyclist in team gb. what does it take for an individual to reach those goals? for does it take for an individual to reach those goals?— does it take for an individual to reach those goals? for any sport, not 'ust reach those goals? for any sport, notjust cycling. _ reach those goals? for any sport, not just cycling, for _ reach those goals? for any sport, not just cycling, for any _ reach those goals? for any sport, notjust cycling, for any discipline | notjust cycling, for any discipline you do, it takes determination. a lot of the things that are coming through is that medal is won by 18, a family. all of those chips coming into place allowing you to be the best version of yourself —— won by a team. british cycling do very well. they educate them what their children, orwhat they educate them what their children, or what the young adults are trying to achieve. we are just one big family, all supporting and driving towards those muscles stop it is worth going over those facts again. cycling from team gb at the
schemes, 11 medals, including five golds. how do you unearth the next generation of cyclist?— generation of cyclist? through community — generation of cyclist? through community hubs _ generation of cyclist? through community hubs like - generation of cyclist? through community hubs like this. - generation of cyclist? through - community hubs like this. inspiring the next generation. i came... my mum had me at16 the next generation. i came... my mum had me at 16 and the next generation. i came... my mum had me at16 and i the next generation. i came... my mum had me at 16 and i was from a council estate. it was not for facilities like this, i would not have been able to get to the olympics. facilities like this, champion them across the country. more of this needs to be done. honestly, this smiles on the kids faces today is just amazing. we honestly, this smiles on the kids faces today is just amazing. faces today is 'ust amazing. we are auoin to faces today is 'ust amazing. we are going to look— faces today isjust amazing. we are going to look at _ faces today isjust amazing. we are going to look at one _ faces today isjust amazing. we are going to look at one of— faces today isjust amazing. we are going to look at one of those - going to look at one of those initiatives into more depth than just a moment. paris is three years away, how difficult is it for those competing in tokyo this time around to keep up those standards? you can look at it two — to keep up those standards? you can look at it two ways. _ to keep up those standards? you can look at it two ways. think _ to keep up those standards? you can look at it two ways. think you - to keep up those standards? you can look at it two ways. think you have i look at it two ways. think you have got to retain that standard, but also at the same time that momentum that has been gathered, you look at the age groups of the athletes that are achieving success. we have got sky who is 13 years of age. to carry that momentum through and that bus, we have the commonwealth games
coming up, glasgow 2023 world championships. sport is alive in the uk and across great britain. i think it's going to go from strength to strength. it's going to go from strength to strenuth. .,, _, , it's going to go from strength to strenuth. , , strength. those competitive events are available. _ strength. those competitive events are available, coming _ strength. those competitive events are available, coming thick- strength. those competitive events are available, coming thick and - are available, coming thick and fast. , , ., ., ., fast. definitely. coming out of covid and _ fast. definitely. coming out of covid and lockdown, _ fast. definitely. coming out of covid and lockdown, the - fast. definitely. coming out of i covid and lockdown, the athletes have been itching to get back into perform. some of these guys that are at the olympics have not performed for the last 18 months. so now they are just raring to for the last 18 months. so now they arejust raring to go. i hear the story from tom daley saying in 2018 it was like his break, and now he is coming alive again now. i think you could see more longevity from some of the guys that were potentially looking to retire.— of the guys that were potentially looking to retire. of the guys that were potentially lookin: to retire. ,, . ., ., looking to retire. shanaze reade, we will let ou looking to retire. shanaze reade, we will let you go _ looking to retire. shanaze reade, we will let you go and _ looking to retire. shanaze reade, we will let you go and maybe _ looking to retire. shanaze reade, we will let you go and maybe get - looking to retire. shanaze reade, we will let you go and maybe get on - will let you go and maybe get on about yourself. thank you for joining us on bbc news. with only one black cyclist competing on team gb's cycling squad, a new group has been set up in london in a bid to encourage more black women to take up the sport. and today, a "unity" bike ride bringing together hundreds of black cyclists is taking place in the capital.
the bbc�*s david pittam went to speak to black girls do bike about why they started and what they want to achieve. we just wanted to have a space for black women where we can feel the we feel safe, we feel like we can just be, because a lot of the microaggressions of life and in other sports, we just feel like we don't belong because we don't see ourselves there basically. black girls do bike london started meeting in the capital three months ago to break down barriers to black women cycling and to encourage more of them to get onto two wheels. i spoke to a lot of people, a lot of other black women, they just felt "cycling? no, we don't do that." to actually see yourself represented, you think, "oh, ok, maybe i can do it." organisers say poor representation at amateur and elite level is holding some black women back. at the tokyo olympics, only one of the 26 athletes on the team gb cycling squad is black. but this group now has dozens of members, drawn by the idea of a relaxed safe space to pursue a healthy hobby.
black girls do bike is really different to anything i have seen around. it kind of feels - like a safe space, a community, a sisterhood. a lot of hurdles or. things that you think that you might not be able to get . over in cycling is wearing a helmet, the fact that cycling is _ predominantly a core and legs sport. they feel that they may be only i working a certain area of theirl body, and so that area may get bigger, out of proportion. - today the group is taking part in the second annual black unity ride. the event was set up in the wake of george floyd's murder and the black lives matter protests, with the aim of turning frustration into positivity. last year being on the black unity ljy last year being on the black unity by quite felt like being on a kind of carnival on bikes. you just had music everywhere, you had a fantastic atmosphere. you had
onlookers celebrating, bus drivers beeping their horns. it was just a really positive vibe. what is even more powerful is when you have got a massive event like the black unity bike ride. last year, we probably only had about 20—25% women in attendance. this year we have had over 11100 people register, and 50% of them are black women. over 1400 people register, and 5096 of them are black women. organisers ho -e of them are black women. organisers hope events — of them are black women. organisers hope events and _ of them are black women. organisers hope events and groups _ of them are black women. organisers hope events and groups like - of them are black women. organisers hope events and groups like this - hope events and groups like this will get more black cyclists into the sport and the movement will continue to gain momentum. potential stars of the future. clearing is likely to be "more competitive" for students seeking places at the most selective british universities this year, due to uncertainty around teacher—assessed grades. this year's a level exams were cancelled due to the pandemic. the chief executive of admissions service ucas, clare marchant, believes a record number of students will take up places after results are published. students in england,
wales and northern ireland will receive their results on tuesday, the same day that scottish highers results are released. the university of sussex is trying to incentivise students to get vaccinated against covid—19. campus authorities have introduced a raffle with the main prize being a cheque for £5,000. anyone who can prove they've been fullyjabbed or are exempt from a shot can be entered into a draw for the money. professor kelly coate, pro—vice—chancellor for education and students at the university of sussex, said the idea came from the united states. we thought it was a great idea. we'd like to welcome back students safely in september and so this was a way of incentivising and saying thank you to those who did get a vaccination. and do you think it will work? we hope so. we have talked to a few students, they are telling us that they think it is a good idea. really, the main thing is that we do
want to return as far as possible to normal in september and open up our lecture theatres and classrooms, and we know students watched that as well. so to do it safely we are offering these cash prizes. how safe is your university, other university campuses without the vaccine? well, i mean, we have worked so hard over the past 16, 18 months to keep our campus safe, taking all precautions that we needed to. obviously, double vaccinations is just one of the best ways that we can ensure that our campuses remain safe. one of the largest muslim conventions has returned for the first time since the pandemic began. the three—day meeting called jalsa salana is the annual gathering of the ahmadiyya muslim community and takes place in alton in southern england. the bbc�*s atif rashid reports on the first day of the event. this is not your ordinary religious gathering.
it is taking place on 200 acres of hampshire farmland turned into a makeshift village and hundreds of volunteers have been working all week to get it ready. i work as an investment banker, i work in canary wharf, but for these three days i will be spending my time getting my hands dirty, picking up litter, packing up bins, picking up mess, trying to make the site look as clean as possible. usually, 35,000 people from around the world attend, but this year only 10,000 people from the uk are allowed. the ahmadiyya muslim community is a reformist movement within islam, persecuted in other countries it's found refuge here in the english countryside, from where the ahmadiyya caliph can openly preach his message of peace, patience and prayer. spirituality is something that we
constantly need to be working on, to be reflecting about and this is an opportunity for us to get together in a community. i'm very, very excited for the next three days. seeing a lot of old faces i haven't been able to meet within the last 18 months, a time to reflect on their own past two years. please wear your facemasks. covid has drastically changed this event, which like so many others, had to be postponed or cancelled last year. strict measures are being enforced and with the reduced numbers, people have to sit with their masks on inside of a socially distanced marquee. it feels a bit weird wearing the mask all the time because you can feel your breath coming back onto you, but all the restrictions are for our own safety. a bit of food, i wonder about the exhibition, —— a bit of food, a wander about the exhibition, then everyone takes their seats
in the main marquee to listen to speeches and worship together on a scale like this for the first time since the pandemic began. the first time since pandemic began. a tiny bat has been nicknamed the "olympic bat" by scientists after she beat all known british records by flying more than 1200 miles across europe. the tiny female nathusius pipistrelle bat, like the one pictured here, was discovered in a small russian village by a resident who noticed it had a ring with "�*london zoo' written on. remarkably, the bat had been ringed in 2016 near heathrow airport. unfortunately, the bat later died after an attack — but its epicjourney is of huge interest to scientists studying the creatures in the uk. joining me now is broadcaster and wildlife expert tom hird. first question, did i pronounce it right? i first question, did i pronounce it riuht? . , first question, did i pronounce it riuht? ., , , first question, did i pronounce it riiht? ., , , ., right? i am sure there is someone out there who _ right? i am sure there is someone out there who has _ right? i am sure there is someone out there who has a _ right? i am sure there is someone out there who has a suitable - right? i am sure there is someone i out there who has a suitable degree in latin to tell is exactly how it
is done. nathusius pipistrelle, it is done. nathusius pipistrelle, it is a natty pip, that is what i would say! it is a beast of a journey. you're talking about an animal, a chunky one might be five centimetres, it is a long way. across the north sea. it is incredible effort from such a small mammal. ., ., , .., , mammal. how do they cope with the weather changes? _ mammal. how do they cope with the weather changes? bats _ mammal. how do they cope with the weather changes? bats are - mammal. how do they cope with the weather changes? bats are pretty i weather changes? bats are pretty hardy creatures. _ weather changes? bats are pretty hardy creatures. i _ weather changes? bats are pretty hardy creatures. i mean, - weather changes? bats are pretty hardy creatures. i mean, you're i weather changes? bats are pretty| hardy creatures. i mean, you're in the uk uk we have 18 species, apart from taking a bit of a break over winter, they have got to get out there and feed. so they can withstand a bit of wind, they can withstand a bit of wind, they can withstand a bit of wind, they can withstand a bit of rain. because they are just, you withstand a bit of rain. because they arejust, you know, they are withstand a bit of rain. because they are just, you know, they are so tough. they really are olympians. if you watch bats in the wild, they are just going, going, going, fighting
for it. really tough competitors. i'm sure this particular batjust thought, what, heathrow to moscow, no problem, sunshine! we thought, what, heathrow to moscow, no problem, sunshine!— thought, what, heathrow to moscow, no problem, sunshine! we said it was an eic no problem, sunshine! we said it was an epicjourney _ no problem, sunshine! we said it was an epicjourney and _ no problem, sunshine! we said it was an epicjourney and is _ no problem, sunshine! we said it was an epicjourney and is of _ no problem, sunshine! we said it was an epicjourney and is of huge - an epicjourney and is of huge interest to scientists studying these creatures. what can those scientists learn from thatjourney? there is a huge amount that bats can teachers. forstarters, it is there is a huge amount that bats can teachers. for starters, it is only relatively recently that we recognise the nathusius pipistrelle is a different type of bat. we used to think they only came to the uk to feed and then went back to europe. but we now know we have really colonies here in the south—east. we are always learning more and more. when you consider bats really are top predators sport flying insects and flying insects themselves are an incredible indicator of environmental health, ecological health. you know, you've got to have those little flies pollinating our seats and grasses and all that kind of stuff. they are an amusing
keystone species. knowing where they started, where they are going and what they might encounter along the way gives us more opportunity to protect them, to look after them. in doing so, get an idea of the current state and health of our own ecosystem. i5 state and health of our own ecosystem-— state and health of our own ecosystem. is this a one-off journey? — ecosystem. is this a one-off journey? could _ ecosystem. is this a one-off journey? could we _ ecosystem. is this a one-off journey? could we see i ecosystem. is this a one-offj journey? could we see more ecosystem. is this a one-off i journey? could we see more of ecosystem. is this a one-off - journey? could we see more of these bats making these long—distance trips across europe? i bats making these long-distance trips across europe?— bats making these long-distance trips across europe? i think there's robabl a trips across europe? i think there's probably a lot _ trips across europe? i think there's probably a lot of _ trips across europe? i think there's probably a lot of this _ trips across europe? i think there's probably a lot of this going - trips across europe? i think there's probably a lot of this going on. i trips across europe? i think there's probably a lot of this going on. we | probably a lot of this going on. we have known already that the do have a good range of travel. some of the mega bats that you find in africa, they will travel 2000 miles. it is not unheard of for bats to meet these big journeys. and it all comes down to having the right kind of environment for that particular time in their lives, whether or not they are moving to an area to breed or feeding before bleeding or moving to an area to avoid having to hibernate or avoid a heavy winter. certainly as climate change continues to take
its toll and shift things around, i think we will see a lot more unpredictable movements, notjust unpredictable movements, not just from unpredictable movements, notjust from bats but for many different species as they try to adapt to a new climate.— species as they try to adapt to a new climate. . ,. ., , ' . , new climate. fascinating stuff. just learnin: new climate. fascinating stuff. just learning about _ new climate. fascinating stuff. just learning about all _ new climate. fascinating stuff. just learning about all the _ new climate. fascinating stuff. just learning about all the different i learning about all the different species. how important are the bats to the uk's ecosystem?— species. how important are the bats to the uk's ecosystem? although you ma not to the uk's ecosystem? although you may not think — to the uk's ecosystem? although you may not think it. _ to the uk's ecosystem? although you may not think it, bats _ to the uk's ecosystem? although you may not think it, bats are _ to the uk's ecosystem? although you may not think it, bats are hugely i may not think it, bats are hugely important to our ecosystem. they are all around us. well, i am always amazed at where i find bats. yes, you're in the middle of a field, studying, surveying a beautiful tree with a giant hole and, of course you're going to find bats. but i have found one in top underneath a parking garage. you will find them in city centres, but of course unless you have the right equipment, you do not detect them. they are vital predators towards insects and
a keystone species taking that energy up through the different levels. without bats, our evenings and nights would be a much poorer place. we and nights would be a much poorer lace. ~ ., ., ., place. we will have to leave it there. place. we will have to leave it there- many _ place. we will have to leave it there. many thanks _ place. we will have to leave it there. many thanks for i place. we will have to leave itj there. many thanks forjoining place. we will have to leave it i there. many thanks forjoining us on bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather with tomasz. not much change or a day with a front for today and tomorrow. a lot of cloud, gusty winds in places. scatter downpours across the uk, particularly northern parts of the country, they are likely to continue into the evening hours, through to sunday and into monday as well. quite a cool picture across the uk. low pressure on top of us as slow—moving, gradually moving to the
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