Its winter, and therefore time for our annual hibernation checks. One of our main sites in the Easegill System, on the border of Cumbria and Lancashire, near Kirkby Lonsdale. This limestone area includes Link Pot, a renowned potholing destination, popular with the areas cavers.
Entering Link Pot includes an climb/abseil down a 15m vertical shaft into the cavern below, so it’s quite an exciting trip. We regularly find several species of Myotis bat (Natterer’s whiskered, Brandt’s Daubenton’s) as well as brown long-eared bats, although identifying then can be quite tricky, when they are tucked away in little crevices.
Below are some photos from our hibernation checks at the Easegill system.