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Aiguamolls Natural Park

The Natural Park of the "Aiguamolls de l'Empordà" protects the most important remaining wetlands on the northern Costa Brava coast. Vital as a staging area for a wide variety of waterbirds, this network of freshwater and brackish lagoons, marshes, grazing meadows, ricefields etc. also holds good numbers of breeding and wintering birds. Protection of certain areas as integral reserves has allowed for closely controlled management for conservation and wildlife interest, and these areas have also served as the launch pad for the reintroduction of White Stork and Purple Gallinule.

The reserve areas are well-equipped with hides, visitor centre and marked trails, while the location means that migrant-seeking and seawatching are interesting and often fruitful proposals.

Bird Species that can be found in Aiguamolls Natural Park:

  • Great Bittern
  • Little Bittern
  • Cattle Egret
  • Night Heron
  • Purple Heron
  • Short-toed Eagle
  • Booted Eagle
  • Marsh Harrier
  • Montagu's Harrier
  • Red-footed Falcon (scarce migrant)
  • Spotted Crake (scarce migrant)
  • Purple Gallinule
  • Stone Curlew
  • Black-winged Stilt
  • Kentish Plover
  • Dotterel (scarce migrant)
  • Whiskered Tern
  • Great Spotted Cuckoo
  • Bee-eater
  • Red-rumped Swallow (migrant)
  • Red-throated Pipit (scarce migrant)
  • Cetti's Warbler
  • Fan-tailed Warbler
  • Great Reed Warbler
  • Moustached Warbler
  • Subalpine Warbler
  • Roller
  • Woodchat Shrike
  • terns
  • gulls
  • waders
  • divers and seaduck