Trenca’s association is a non-profit organization. It was set up in 1998, in order to lead the effort of people who have got the common interest of conserving and improving the natural heritage..
The name of the association is the Catalan name of a bird species of near-extinction in the Iberian Peninsula: la trenca (Lanius minor); in English, the Lesser Grey Shrike.
Our activities are mainly actions and projects around the conservation and rehabilitation of the autochthonous wildlife and the environmental heritage in general (natural, agricultural, landscape, etc.).
Environmental education is another pillar that we believe is essential to make human development compatible with environment conservation.
During all those years of running, the Trenca’s social base has been of cardinal importance.
On one hand, we count with people particularly interested in following the march of the association through the figures of friend and collaborative friend of Trenca. On the other hand, we have promoted volunteering, as well as its professionalisation, and we have attached a lot of importance to communication with society (documentary, informational or participative aspects).
Synergy has been another feature of Trenca, that is, involvement of different social groups in the conservation of natural environment. With that in mind, we have been collaborating and working in several projects together with different governments, companies and NGOs. Since the beginning, our association has been very linked to the works that are carried out at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre (WRC) of Vallcalent (Lleida, Generalitat de Catalunya/Autonomous Government of Catalonia).
We are also members of the Xarxa de Custòdia del Territori (Custody of the Territory Network), as one of the main action points of Trenca is:
- Management of nature reserves and protected areas.
Currently, the Association has four big projects up and running regarding conservation and sustainable development:
- Reintroduction of the Black Vulture (Aegypius monachus) in the Pyrenees, along with the GREFA Association (Madrid), the team of the National Hunting Reserve of Boumort (Generalitat de Catalunya/Autonomous Government of Catalonia) and the Fundació Catalunya – La Pedrera (Catalunya – La Pedrera Foundation).
- Supplementary feeding points (SFP) network for scavenger raptors in the Pyrenees.
- Conservation of the Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor) in Spain, along with the WRC of Vallcalent and the Zoo of Barcelona.
- Sustainable agri-environmental depelopment in Les Garrigues (Lleida), linked with producing and placing on the market the organic olive oil brand Salvatge. Olive oil from the wildlife reserves.
Moreover, we have carried out, and we do, many other environmental actions. Among them it is worth highlighting those related to the White Stork, the Barn Owl or the Peregrine Falcon, in colaboration with the WRC of Vallcalent and other entities.
The main source of funds of the association are the subsidies/co-participation of public entities and the collaboration of private entities in specific projects or actions. We also get a funds contribution or donations from our collaborative friends. Trenca’s working field includes the whole Spanish territory. We are registered on the National Register of Associations of the Ministry of the Interior.