Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre of Vallcalent
renca was born in 1998 as an association of friends of the Wildlife Centre of Vallcalent (belonging to the Departament de Medi Natural de la Generalitat de Catalunya / Environment Department of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia). Since then, there has been a continuous, close and diverse collaboration between Trenca and the Centre, mainly through volunteers, helping with the different tasks carried out in Vallcalent.
Many people find an injured or sick wild animal, catch it and bring it to the Wildlife Centre of Vallcalent. © a) and b) Jordi Clariana
he Wildlife Centre of Vallcalent does not only works as a small hospital for wildlife. Captive breeding of local legally protected species is also carried out at the Centre facilities. The two most outstanding breeding projects are the one of the Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) and the one of the Lesser Grey Shrike (Lanius minor).
arallel with tasks focused on wildlife, all that work and organisation is used at the Wildlife Centre of Vallcalent to enhance social awareness about the loss of biodiversity and the need to preserve it. On the one side, this is done indirectly, through the care provided to people who is bringing injured or sick wild animals to the Centre, and also directly, through environmental education activities, even with specific educational programs. Of all of them, the most important was Fauna and Habitat (1999-2005), carried out along with Trenca.