Hungary is one of my favourite mammal watching destinations in Western and Central Europe. I’ve been three times: for a few days in July 2010, and then for long weekends in May and September 2013. I used the fabulous Balazs Szigeti at Ecotours to organise my first trip, and he introduced me to Sandor Boldogh at Aggtelek National Park who helped with my 2013 visits.
In a morning’s trap checking we had Root (Tundra) Voles in the wetlands, a Northern Water Vole. a Field Vole and a Striped-field Mouse.
During a short stop we saw several hundred Pond Bats and a thousand Soprano Pipistrelles under a bridge.
Mist netting caught a Greater and Common Noctules
Hortobagy National Park
In a half day here we caught a Lesser Mole-rat and saw 60 or so Przewalski’s Horses.
During a day around Budapest we had European Sousliks (at Budapest Airport) and trapped Pygmy and Common Shrews near the town of Ocsa.
North East Hungary
During a few days over the course of two trips in May and September 2013, we caught Ural (Pygmy) Field Mouse, Harvest Mice, Wood Mice, Yellow-necked Mice, Striped Field Mice, a Black-bellied Hamster and Common Voles. I saw Red Foxes, Red Deer, Red Squirrels, Steppe Mice and Brown Hares. And there were plenty of bats including Common Bentwing Bats, Common Noctules, Daubentons, Lesser Mouse-eared Bats, Geoffroy’s Bats and Mediterranean Horseshoe Bats.
Hungary, 2021: Ralf Burglin, 1 week with species including River Otter, European Badger and Mediterranean Horseshoe Bat.
Hungary and Slovakia, 2017: Steve Morgan, 9 days & 30 species including European Hamster, Forest Dormouse, Western Barbastelle and a Parti-coloured Bat.
The Balkans, 2016 (and some flashbacks to the early 1990s): Vladimir Dinets, 6 weeks and 100+ mammals including Martino’s Snow Vole, Romanian Hamster, Western Broad-toothed Mouse, Bicoloured and Etruscan Shrews, a Mediterranean Monk Seal and European Polecat.
Hungary, 2013: Jon Hall, reports of 2 short trips with species including Black-bellied Hamster, Steppe and Ural Mice, and Common Bentwing Bats.
Hungary, 2011: Phil Telfer, one week & 37 species including Miller’s Water Shrew, Steppe Mouse and Lesser Mole Rat.
Hungary, 2010: Jon Hall, 4 days & 15 species including Striped Field Mouse, Lesser Mole-rat and Pond Bats.
Hungary, 2010: Marks Hows, one week & 32 species inlcuding Bechstein’s Bat, Black-bellied Hamster and Southern Birch Mouse.