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Nora Boyle
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On Saturday 17th January 2015,12 members of the South Yorkshire Bat Group and Derek Allen of the Doncaster Naturalists' Society met at Conisbrough for the first of two visits.
The Viaduct over the River Don was crossed to Cadeby where the former railway tunnel and the cave in the quarry above the former Earth Centre were checked. No bats were found but Herald moths, Peacock butterflies and Cave spiders were recorded. The group then moved to Levitt Hagg where the tunnels under the Doncaster- Sheffield railway were surveyed. These yielded three bats namely a Daubenton's, a Natterer's and a Whiskered/ Brandt's. There were also some Herald moths and Cave spiders. Three former lime kilns were also surveyed and yielded 3  Brown Long Eared and one Whiskered/Brandt's.
A second visit was made on Sunday 8th February 2015. The Cadeby rail tunnel yielded a Daubenton's and the quarry cave yielded a Brown Long Eared. There were also Herald moths, Peacock butterflies and cave spiders.
The Levitt Hagg tunnels yielded 2 Brown Long Eared, 2 Daubenton's and one Natterer's. A number of Herald moths, Peacock butterflies and Cave spiders were also seen.
The former lime kilns yielded a Natterer's and a Whiskered/Brandt's.
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