Friday, January 11, 2008

The Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de l'Empordà

Coastal leisure activity around 'The Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de l'Empordà' has in recent years been to the detriment of the natural habitats of the area. The regional government initiated a programme to increase awareness of the need to protect this valuable resource. Part of that initiative has been to install these illustrated and multilingual information panels around the edge of the sand dunes and nearby car parks, in the area adjacent to the town of 'Sant Pere Pescador'.

Post and rope fencing marks the protected areas and the footpaths which pass between them. Most local people and tourists continue to use the area responsibly though there are a few which undermine the good intentions of others by parking their cycles, or allowing pets and small children to intrude upon the newly created sanctuary.

The Catalan word for hedgehog is Eriçó from now on I am inclined to refer to all hedgehogs as Eric.

In late spring the sea daffodil is particularly with striking huge paper white blooms atop of surprisingly luxuriant foliage.

The land around here was originally rice fields and hence was often flooded nowadays the fields are drained and irrigated and form very productive fruit orchards.

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