- We’re in a nature park, surrounded by the sea, the river and the lagoon.
- The “Aiguamolls de l’Empordà” (Empordà Wetlands) nature park is a habitat of international importance.
- The many hides dotted around the park make bird watching and photography easy.
- It’s right next to the campsite and can be visited on foot or by bicycle.
- Up to 338 species of bird have been spotted here.
- Information centre at El Cortalet.
- It’s easy to get to the other two nature parks in the area.
- Discounts in the low season for BirdLife members (RSPB, DOF and LIPU).
Whether bird watching is your passion or you’d like to get into this hobby, this is the place for you. In fact, you can start watching birds right here on the campsite, on the beach, on the river or on our lagoon. And you can get to the nature park on foot or by bicycle.
Since 1993 the “Aiguamolls de l’Empordà” (Empordà Wetlands) nature park has been part of the Ramsar Convention list of wetland areas of international importance. Up to 338 bird species have been recorded here, of which 82 regularly nest in the area, with species linked to aquatic habitats being the most typical and plentiful. Some examples of landmark species that are hard to spot elsewhere in Spain include the roller (Coracias garrulus), the glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) and the flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber).
The many hides in the park make it easy to watch birds and enjoy other hobbies like photography or digiscoping. At the campsite reception we can also help you as we’re part of the “Iberaves” sustainable bird watching scheme in cooperation with SEO/BirdLife. And in the park you can go to “El Cortalet” information centre.
And if that’s not enough for you, without leaving the Empordà area you can visit two other natural areas where you can find birds of different kinds: Cap de Creus (the easternmost point of the Iberian peninsula, and on a major migration route), where you can see seabirds and others that nest in the cliffs and the Albera hills (maximum height 1,257 metres), a good place to spot birds typical of medium mountain habitats.
In the sections “Downloads” and “Videos” you can find general information about these natural areas and on routes you can follow, as well as on the most common types of bird to be seen there.
If you want more information you can also take a look at the bird watching information published regularly at www.ornitho.cat (you have to choose the “AEM” option in “comarca” to get the data). You’ll find specialist ornithological news (in Catalan only) which only shows local sightings of rare species and occasional visitors and information of phenological (F) and numerical (N) interest at www.birdingemporda.com
And don’t forget to visit us this year at the UK Rutland Bird Fair