A natural history of Spain




Galanthus has been carrying out projects related to the study, conservation and education about bats in Catalonia since 2000. In the course of these years we have done inventories in several sites, taken protection measures for cave-dwelling and forest populations, published and distributed educational material, and organized awareness campaigns, in order to make public the problem of their conservation and to gradually free them from the unjustified bad image and popular distrust from which they suffer. Since 2004 we have established a working collaboration with the Museum of Granollers, one of the leading bodies in the study of these animals in Catalonia, participating to a considerable extent with the studies that this institution has carried out in more than 14 sites in Catalonia, and bringing it on board of all our studies and educational work on these animals.

Study of bats in the La Alta Garrotxa Nature Reserve and in Lake Banyoles

In 2006 Galanthus began to study the populations of bats of La Alta Garrotxa Nature Reserve (EIN) and in Lake Banyoles and its surrounding area.

The project in the Alta Garrotxa nature reserve sough to locate and catalogue the most interesting bat shelters. Fruit of the study was a unique finding: the first known population in Catalonia of Bechstein's Bat (Myotis bechsteinii), one of the rarest species on the continent. Bechstein's Bat is associated with the presence of mature forests where it can establish its breeding colonies, which is why it is so rare throughout its area of distribution. Its presence in the area, together with other species of forest bats which have frequently appeared in the area, such as the barbatrelle (Barbastella barbastellus), demonstrates the good state of the site and its importance for the conservation of these animals. See also Iberianture on Bechstein's Bat + Bats in Spain

Daubenton's bat (Myotis daubentonii) in Lake Banyoles

In Lake Banyoles and its surrounding area the first catalogue of bat populations has been carried out to ascertain commonest species and what sites they use to breed and feed.

A total of 9 different species have been recorded, some of them linked to water habitats, and which are therefore found around the lake and the new lagoons which have been created - optimal habitats for them.

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