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The Rhinolophe bat

A must-see animal in the Lot Valley

Open your eyes wide, look into the dark corners of the Lot Valleyand you might just come across this unusual animal: the Rhinolophe bat.


the Great Rhinolophus

The Vallon de l’Urugne site is home to 7 species of bats:

  1. Little mouse
  2. Little Rhinolophus
  3. Stilt-eared bat
  4. Great mouse
  5. Barbastelle
  6. Bechstein’s Murmur
  7. Great rhinolophus (rarer)

Where is she hiding?

This species is, as its name suggests, the largest of the European rhinolophs.

Great Rhinolophs are found in caves in winter and in the attics of buildings in summer. Rarer than the Little Rhinolophus, it can be found in preserved, little-polluted landscapes and in areas where extensive livestock farming and hedgerows are the norm.

What's his lifestyle like?

The Vallon de l’Urugne is one of the main wintering sites for the Great Rhinolophus in Occitanie. This bat hibernates from September-October to April, and when it wakes up in spring, gathers in large colonies. The female then gives birth to a single young in late spring or early summer.

It has a very particular hunting technique, called “affut “: it remains alone, hanging upside down from a branch, waiting for its prey to pass by. Since 1960, this species of bat has seen its population plummet, due to the brutal degradation of its natural habitat. The Vallon de l’Urugne is an ideal area for its preservation.

All about

bats Great Rhinolophe

of the Lot Valley
  • Where to see Great Rhinolophus bats?

    You have to be lucky to spot bats in the Lot Valley… However, you’ll find it easier to see them in the Vallon de l’Urugne at dusk.

  • Are bats dangerous?

    No !

    They’re not dangerous, and there’s no risk of attack.

    They are very timid and will flee if you get too close.

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