Lesser Horseshoe Bat. © Galanthus – Museu de Ciències Naturals de Granollers

This bat species has been found on the farms where Salvatge olive oil is produced. This find has been possible thanks to the collaboration between Galanthus Association, the Museu de Ciències Naturals de Granollers (Granollers Natural Sciences Museum) and Trenca.


Lesser Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus hipposideros) colonies have been found in some farmhouses in agricultural estates where the Salvatge olive oil is produced. In farmhouses and rural buildings, females of this species can find good conditions for breeding: calm and high and quite stable temperatures, and this is why during springtime and summertime they stay together to raise their young. It seems this is the more common cave bat in the area.

Galanthus Association is an entity dedicated to conserving, studying and disseminating the natural values of our country. For the last 10 years it has been collaborating in a close way with the Museu de Ciències Naturals de Granollers, also dedicated to, among other lines, chiroptera research. Both entities assist Trenca in order to restore farmhouses as a shelter for the bat populations in the agricultural estates involved in the sustainable agri-environmental development project in Les Garrigues. The aim is to offer a shelter for cave bats populations in an area where natural cavities are scarce.

Promoting biodiversity in the area is one of the objectives of the Sustainable Agri-environmental Development Project in Les Garrigues. You can find further information on the section Les Garrigues and on the videos section in this website.