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Threats to bats from ‘Urban Exploring’ trend


The Bat Conservation Trust is aware that a rising trend known as ‘urban exploring’ in abandoned buildings and underground hideaways is illegally impacting on bats.

Many bats live in the sorts of places that are now attracting a surge in hobby ‘explorers’, who go into old buildings and then share videos of their explorations on social media.

Many online sites show this activity is happening in places such as mines, caves, forts, abandoned former prisons, empty industrial buildings, houses, former asylums and hospitals, underground WW2 bomb shelters, disused railway tunnels, derelict schools, church ruins, military bunkers, quarry buildings, fuel storage bunkers and even grain siloes. MORE