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The Nature Park of Aiguamolls de l'Empordà

This park, located on the Costa Brava, is a true paradise for nature lovers. It is well connected and accessible; located just 9 km from the AP7 highway, about 40 minutes from Girona Airport, and less than two hours from Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia.

The park is weatland area nearly dry in summer and it is constituted by the interaction between the Mediterranean Sea and the two small rivers “la Muga” and “el Fluvià”. From the salty coastal lagoons by the seashore to the forested interior zone, Aiguamolls provides shelter for migrating, wintering and breeding birds alike, and it is an excellent birding area throughout the year.

Due to its position just south of the Pyrenees, it is a much-used shelter for the birds before or after crossing the mountains. When the northern winds (the famous “Tramuntana”) are particularly strong, the role of these marsh lands becomes even more important to migrating birds looking for a place to wait out the storm. As the other (few) wild areas close to the coast (The Camargue, Salses and Canet in France as well as Llobregat and Ebro Deltas in Spain), Aiguamolls de l’Empordà provides a place for the migrating birds to rest and recover.

Apart from the birds, other kinds of wildlife - such as Fallow Deer, Eurasian Otter, various species of butterflies and other insects, and the typical flora - as well as the very peculiar rural landscape, make visiting this park a very enjoyable experience.

Birds present the whole year round are Balearic and Mediterranean Shearwaters, Cory’s Shearwater, Bittern, White Stork, Greater Flamingo (usually juveniles), Purple Gallinule, Stone Curlew, Moustached Warbler, and Penduline Tit.

During the breeding season Little Bittern, Cory’s Shearwater, Purple Heron, Garganey, Short-toed Eagle, Kentish Plover, Roller, Bee-eater, Great Reed Warbler, and Reed Warbler, can all be found in the park.

Wintering birds include Divers, Black-necked Grebe, Gannet, Great White Egret, Glossy Ibis, thousands of ducks, Lapwing, Golden Plover and other shorebirds, Bearded Tit (although there are still fewer each winter), and Reed Bunting.

During migration you may see many of the birds which migrate along the Mediterranean seashores. The most important are Squacco Heron, Black Stork (just a few each year), Spoonbill, Garganey, Osprey, Red-footed Falcon, Whiskered and Black Terns and usually also some White-winged Black Terns….

A full-day trip, or - even better - a two-day trip, will be enough to fully explore this Nature Park.


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