Yagodinska Cave

Welcome to one of the most important roosts for the conservation of the bat populations in the region of the Middle Rhodopes Mountains. In the period 15th August – 30th September Yagodinska cave serves as an important place for autumn gathering of bats, called swarming. At that time of the year , a lot of male and female individuals from 9-10 different species gather near the entrance of the cave. The cave is also known to serves as a winter roost the greater and lesser horseshoe bats and  occasionally other species.

In different seasons of the year a total of 11 species of bats inhabit Yagodinska Cave:

  1. Greater horseshoe bat – Rhinolophus ferrumequinum
  2. Lesser horseshoe bat – Rhinolophus hipposideros
  3. Bechstein’s bat – Myotis bechsteinii
  4. Geoffroy’s bat – Myotis emarginatus
  5. Lesser mouse-eared bat – Myotis blythii
  6. Greater mouse-eared bat – Myotis myotis
  7. Serotine bat – Eptesicus serotinus
  8. Daubenton’s bat – Myotis daubentonii
  9. Whiskered bat – Myotis mystacinus
  10. Brown long-eared bat- Plecotus auritus
  11. Grey long-eared bat – Plecotus austriacus

Bulgaria boasts 33 out of the 35 bat species which can be found in Europe. All bats in Bulgaria are under the protection of the national Biodiversity Act, and 6 of the species living in and around the cave have a priority conservation status for all Europe: the Greater and Lesser Horseshoe Bats, the Greater and Lesser Mouse-eared Bats, the Bechstain’s Bat and the Geoffroy’s Bat.