News Report

Intermediate level

Australian bat invasion

Episode 160524 / 24 May 2016

Step 1: Listen

You're going to hear a genuine BBC news report from 24th May, 2016. Before you listen, read these three summaries:

1. The authorities in Australia have paid $1.8m to move some bats.

2. The authorities in Australia plan to pay $1.8m to kill some bats.

3. The authorities in Australia plan to pay $1.8m to move some bats.

Step 2: Learn the key words and listen again

How was that? Try listening again. Here are three definitions of key vocabulary items which may help you.

declared an emergency
officially announced a dangerous situation exists

besieged
surrounded by

relocate
move to a different place

Step 3: Transcript and answer

The authorities in the Australian state of New South Wales have declared an emergency to help a town – Bateman's Bay – that's been besieged by tens of thousands of bats.

The state authorities plan to spend about $1.8m to relocate the mammals.

Answer

3. The authorities in Australia plan to pay $1.8m to move some bats.

This bulletin comes from BBC World Service Radio.