We love nature, we love the Natural Park of the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà, and we like to share it.

Foundation date

10th November 1992

Members

886 members

Location

Natural Park of the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà

Ongoing initiatives

  • Programming of activities such as visits to the Park, volunteer days and ornithological boat outings.

  • European Otter project. Installation and tracking of nesting boxes for the European Otter in roofs and farmhouses within the Natural Park of the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà.

  • European Roller project. In collaboration with Endesa, placement of nesting boxes for this species to ensure its presence and expansion in the Emporda.

  • Biodiversity cottage project. Reconversion of an old water pumping facility, provided by the city of Roses, into a biodiversity centre. It will provide a safe place for refuge and reproduction to diverse fauna.

White Stork

Source: APNAE

Common Shellduck

Source: Bernard DUPONT

Why was it created?

  • To promote activities for a better conservation of the landscapes, elements and natural systems of the Aiguamolls of the Empordà and nature in general.
  • To ensure that the objectives of environmental education are extended to all visitors or users of the Park and nearby areas.
  • To inform the society in general about the novelties and interesting aspects of the Park and the humid zones in general.
  • To collaborate with the Park in those organizational aspects that are required.
  • To carry out activities of environmental education directed to the youth.

Milestones achieved

  • More than 800 members and sympathizers who share the interest for the preservation of natural spaces.
  • We have collaborated with the return of the European Otter and the Purple Swamphen to Empordà.
  • We keep working so that species like the Common Barn-owl or the European Roller continue to live among us.
  • Current programs and activities Programming of activities such as visits to the Park, volunteer days and ornithological boat outings.
  • European Otter project. Installation and tracking of nesting boxes for the European Otter in roofs and farmhouses within the Natural Park of the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà. European Roller project.
  • In collaboration with Endesa, placement of nesting boxes for this species to ensure its presence and expansion in the Emporda.
  • Biodiversity cottage project. Reconversion of an old water pumping facility, provided by the city of Roses, into a biodiversity centre. It will provide a safe place for refuge and reproduction to diverse fauna.

Environmental education

Source: APNAE

Purple Swamphen

Source: APNAE

Current concerns

  • To keep reaching young and old, as the respect and love for nature must continue to spread.
  • Individuals, companies and administrations should be aware of the environment and work for a sustainable growth. It is especially important in the best preserved areas.
  • Management of the Park with rigor and sensitivity.

Upcoming objectives

  • Cottage of biodiversity. It will provide a safe place for refuge and reproduction to diverse fauna.
  • Corner of silence. Adequacy of an especially quiet area inside the Park to rest and enjoy the surroundings. This is in recognition of a member who gave us part of his inheritance.
  • Specialization courses in ornithology, as a continuation of the initiation courses that we have been doing.
  • Management of natural areas owned by Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation.

Fallow Deer and White Storks

Source: APNAE

How can I help?

You can collaborate by paying the annual membership fee or by making donations to sponsor specific conservation and outreach projects or initiatives.

Sources of funding

Most of the funding is made up of membership fees and donations, and a small part of grants and sponsorships.

An anecdote

The confusion between naturalists and naturists is not uncommon, although both practices are not incompatible with each other.

An example to follow

Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente has been the naturalist “father” for many. And now he is “grandfather”, but much of what he transmitted to us continues to be in force.

A dream

To increase the number of friends of the Park and seduce as many people as we can in environmental terms.

A good habit

Walking and pedalling. It is good for us and for the environment.

A disturbing reflection

We are many in the world and we do not always remember it.

A reflection for hope

The environmental awareness has raised significantly in the last 30 years.

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Source: APNAE