Aiguamolls de l'Empordà
|Aiguamolls de l'Empordà|
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Wetlands of Aiguamolls de l'Empordà
|Location||Empordà, Catalonia, Spain|
|Area||4,824 hectares (48.24 km2)|
|Governing body||Departament de Medi Ambient i Habitatge|
|Designated||26 March 1993 |
The Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de l'Empordà is a natural park in Catalonia, Spain. It forms part of the Bay of Roses and, like the Ebro Delta, was a malarial swampland. The marshland lies between the Rivers Fluvià and Muga. It is the second largest wetland in Catalonia at over 4,800 hectares and was established in 1983.
During the 19th century, much of the marsh was drained as canals were created and the land converted to agriculture. However, virgin marsh and dunes remained and was given Natural Park status in the 1980s after a campaign to save the area from development.
The park accommodates 327 different species. Great spotted cuckoo, spoonbill, nightingale, collared pratincole and stone-curlew are among its many birds. The park offers seven hides and one tower for bird watchers. They are connected through a plain dirt track which allows wheelchairs.
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- Official website (in Catalan)
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