Yagodinska cave

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It has three main levels and two intermediate ones. The third floor was built in 1971-1982, and the tourist route is 1250 meters long. Magnificent and beautiful formations can be seen along the entire tourist route – stalactites, stalagmites, stalactites, helictites, lakes, leopard skin, dendrites, draperies and some of the most unique formations – cave pearls.

During the different seasons in the cave 11 bat species have been registered:

  • Greater horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus ferrumequinum)
  • Lesser horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus hipposideros)
  • Bechstein’s bat (Myotis bechsteinii)
  • Geoffroy’s bat (Myotis emarginatus)
  • Lesser mouse-eared bat (Myotis blythii)
  • Greater mouse-eared bat (Myotis myotis)
  • Serotine bat (Eptesicus serotinus)
  • Daubenton’s bat (Myotis daubentonii)
  • Whiskered bat (Myotis mystacinus)
  • Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus)
  • Grey long-eared bat (Plecotus austriacus)

Six of the occuring species in the region of the Yagodinska cave are among the priority ones for preservation in Europe – the greater and lesser horseshoes, as well as: Myotis myotis, Myotis blythii, Myotis bechsteinii and Myotis emarginatus. From August 15 to September 30, the cave is an important place for autumn clustering. At that time around the entrance, there are many male and female specimens of about 9-10 bat species each evening. In the cave during the winter there can be found roosts mainly of the large and small horseshoe bats.

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