Bats Conservation Plan in the Valencian Community
The main objective of this project is to ensure the survival of the present
populations of chiropters in the Comunidad Valenciana (located in Eastern
Spain) and minimize the negative factors that affect them, in such a way
that the natural recovery of species in regresion is allowed.
In this area there is a great richness of bat
species (22 species have been observed) due to its peculiar climatic
conditions. Some of these species are the most endangered in Europe,
and their densities in this area are important. Specially, the
Long-fingered bat (Mytois capaccini), which has in the Valencian
Community over half of the species individuals in Western Europe,
so the protection of Valencian populations is very important.
Another very endangered species in Western Europe, the Mehelyi's horseshoe
bat (Rhinolphus mehelyi), is present in this area, and its population
is in an advanced process of regression. The scarce Valencian populations
require urgent measures that guarantee their recovery.
To carry out this general objective, and following recovery plans already
stated, these partial objectives are proposed: to ensure the conservation
of the most important hides (in this way the protection of 50% of the
cave-dwelling species of the Valencian population will be achieved), to
increase the small breeding population of forest bats, to ensure the survival
of the most threatened chiropters in the area, to complete the necessary
information for improving this Conservation Plan, and to make people conscious
of the ecological importance of these mammals and the necessity for their