Dupkata cave

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This cave is located in the protected territory Dupkata and has different bat species discovered in it – Greater horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus ferrumequinum), Mediterranean horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus euryale), Common bent-wing bat (Miniopterus schreibersii). In the past they have presumably formed big colonies but due to the frequent human activity nowadays only single specimens are observed.

The cave has been mapped by Boris Kolev and team members of the club “Aida” from Haskovo in 1971. Its fauna has first been studied in 1992 by Petrov and Beshkov. The inside of the cave is filled with household and industrial waste, as well as leftovers from fires and torches. It is necessary to take measures in order to clean the cave and limit the access for people in order to try and preserve the current bat populations that inhabit the cave.

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