Actually, more than one bat cave. I was with a small group doing a bat survey. You need a bat conservator's license for this, so I was lucky to be invited along. This is one of a small group of caves at Combe Bank. I am carefully not saying exactly where they are, and the GPS on the photos isn't accurate either, as there was no signal inside the caves.
I was not allowed to photograph the bats, even without a flash. Apparently you need a license for that too .. but we did see several. Some Natterer's, a Daubenton's and a Long-eared, tucked right into tiny crevices with just noses, wingtips and ears showing. We also saw some cave spiders, which don't need a license ...
|Cave Spider, perhaps Meta merianae, at Combe Bank on 24 February 2013.|
There was also a beetle, some mosquitos, some woodlice and lots of Ichneumon Wasps, probably Ambyletes species, but so far unidentified.
|Unidentified Ichneumon Wasp at Combe Bank, 24 February 2013.|
There were several of these; they are the spiders' egg-cases, well wrapped in silk and hanging by a thread from the roof of the cave.
|Cave spider egg sac. Probably Meta merianae. Combe Bank, 24 February 2013.|