Step 1: Listen

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

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

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

c)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


surrounded by


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.