Want to research bats underground? Here’s some sources of information on where to look in your area; a perfect spring and summer activity to get prepped for swarming and hibernation seasons.
A word of caution: You need to be licenced to survey hibernation sites. You need to be competent and aware of dangers working underground. Cavers and Mine Explorers are sensitive to bat ‘issues’ so don’t go wading onto forums with requests for information of bats in caves and mines, a bit of diplomacy is called for.
A combination of the sites below should reveal sites you never realised were in your area. Why not approach the local caving group for a spot of joint working?
Yorkshire Dales Cave Maps: http://www.cavemaps.org/
UK Caving: http://ukcaving.com/board/index.php
AditNow – Mine exploration: http://www.aditnow.co.uk/
Mine Explorer: http://www.mine-explorer.co.uk/
28DaysLater Urban Exploration: http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/forums/
Approach your local Sites and Ancient Monuments records team for any records of Ice Houses, Lime Kilns, etc.