Dear cavers, please, help us improve our understanding of cave conservation by filling out our survey. Its aim is to quantify the risk humans pose to underground ecosystems (including bats) by unknowingly transporting microbes from one place to another. The survey is anonymous and should take you no more than five minutes. We use “caving” to refer to any activities in natural caves of various origins, as well as mines and other artificial underground sites. We use “White-nose disease” as a term including White-nose syndrome (WNS). Results will be used for scientific purposes only. They will be presented on our website and may be included in a publication.

Thank you so much for your cooperation.

Research team:

Violeta Zhelyazkova, National Museum of Natural History, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria

Nia Toshkova, Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria.

Jure Tičar, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Slovenia.

Stanimira Deleva, National Museum of Natural History, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria.

Sébastien J Puechmaille, University of Montpellier, France.


Spanish: Lilyana Zhelyazkova

Russian: Vesselka Zhelyazkova

French: Clément Roure

Chinese: Changi Wong

Photos: Ferdinand Salazar, Stanimira Deleva, Jure Tičar, Boyan Petrov, Rollin Verlinde