About 100 emaciated bats were hanging on the rock face outside the cave and about 2,000 to 2,400 were just inside the cave's entrance, Darling said. You have permission to edit this article. Largely a mystery to biologists across the nation, white nose syndrome was first found last year in a New York cave by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. Dorset Bat Group, purpose built bat cave The Dorset Bat Group consists of a number of people from all walks of life who help the conservation of bats in Dorset in many ways The group has an active volunteer section that carries out much of the practical work involved in monitoring bats and their habitats throughout Dorset. Like us on Facebook. Normally, almost all of the bats would have been in the cave's interior halls, he said. Don't miss the big stories. Aeolus Cave (Dorset Bat Cave) Cave Type: Horizontal with vertical areas Rock Type: Columbian marble, Shelburne formation Description: Aeolus Bat Cave, also known as Dorset Bat Cave and Green Peak Cave, is owned by the Nature Conservancy.This cave used to house large numbers of bats, including Myotis Sodalis. "Bats are also responsible for eating forests pests that munch on trees.". The largest hibernaculum in New England, this is not just where many bats hibernate over the winter, but also one of the locations where white nose syndrome has devastated the bat population. Bennett said while the data is still in the early stages and has not yet been completely analyzed, there are not as many bats dying. Winds light and variable.. "Bats eat pests to people and to agriculture," she said. There were two questions the biologists are trying to answer, Bennett said. He said bats are an important element of the food chain because they eat a lot of insects. Darling said lung congestion and pneumonia has also been found in bats with the fungus. DORSET -- The Mount Aeolus Cave is quite the hang out, for bats that is. Before white nose syndrome reduced its bat population, the Aeolus Bat Cave was noted for being the largest bat hibernaculum in the northeastern United States. The bats, which were in bad shape, had been losing their fat reserves and could have been searching for food, he said. Bat's Head is a chalk headland on the Dorset coast in southern England, located between Swyre Head and Durdle Door to the east, and Chaldon Hill and White Nothe to the west. High 54F. Darling said more than 300,000 bats could already be threatened by the affliction. This cave used to … At its mouth, there’s a large chamber with a vaulted ceiling, which has been nicknamed Guano Hall. "Every time someone walks in the temperature rises and the noise...it can raise the bats out of hibernation," she said. Some of the head waters of Otter Creek and wetlands along Route 7A offer an area the bats enjoy feeding, Paul said. Don't miss the big stories. The director of wildlife at the department, John Austin, said the syndrome is, "an issue of very high priority." The research and data that is currently being reviewed was not just looking at when the bats woke up and if they were infected with white nose syndrome. About 10 years ago, there were issues with people entering the cave in winter, so a gate was put in place by the Nature Conservancy and the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife. The cave is surrounded by 200 acres, also owned and protected by the Nature Conservancy. After about 1 mile, turn sharply right (north) on a dirt road (Dorset … Rose Paul, director of critical lands and conservation science, said they are not sure how white nose syndrome reached this particular cave, but that it was most likely spread from bat to bat.