30 Nov 2021
The nature that surrounds Empordà Golf Club

The world is constantly evolving and with it we have the duty to adapt to its needs in order to achieve more sustainable environments. Reconnecting with our roots is and will be our roadmap.

That is why the green is the main actor in our particular scenario, the great protagonist of the environment, golf, gastronomy and the path we follow towards sustainability.

From Empordà Golf Club we want to show you the main native species that live around our course and that are a true symbol for our region either because of their rarity or because of the health of their species.

Just ten kilometers from our center, we can find the Natural Park of Montgrí, the Medes Islands and the Baix Ter, home and refuge of the main native species that we can see in our skies, because its main protagonist are the birds.

In this category we would like to highlight the seabirds, some raptors and aphids stand out for their good performance. Numerous birds of prey such as the peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus), the common kestrel (Falco tinnunculus), the duchess (Bubo bubo) and the nightingale (Corvus monedula) seek refuge in the coastal ranges of the massif and on the islands.

The large expanse of Montgrí garrigue is the ideal breeding ground for the sparrowhawk (Circus pygargus) and Bonelli's eagle (Hieraaetus fasciatus), which have found their ideal breeding area.

The largest population in Catalonia of the cave bat (Miniopterus schreibersii) is also located among the fauna of the massif, which stands out for its particular uniqueness.

In reference to abundance, the yellow-legged gull (Larus michaellis), is undoubtedly the number one in the area, where it has formed one of the most numerous colonies in the Mediterranean. This is followed by the nesting ardeid hills formed by the Black-winged spoonbill (Bubulcus ibis), White-crowned night heron (Egretta garzetta) and Night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax), which represent one of the most numerous in Catalonia.

On the other hand, we share ecosystem with exotic and invasive species that can or do alter our functioning. These species are found outside their natural range, some of them have the ability to thrive and adapt to the environment producing in turn an impact on natural ecosystems.

It should be noted that not all species that arrive in our territory have the ability to spread and survive in our natural environment. However, for those that do, we must follow a protocol as a society to contain them.

Among the invasive species that we can spot in the area, we highlight the Coral Woodpecker (Estrilda spp), from sub-Saharan Africa, a beautiful bird that for the moment has not caused any alterations or damage. However, not all birds meet the same fate. The Red Bengal (Amandava amandava), a bird from South Asia, has developed a strong competition with native species and has caused fatal pests in crops. In the same line, the Argentine Parakeet (Myiopsitta Monachus), from South America, which displaces the blackbird and the magpie, causes damage to vegetation and crops, degrades urban furniture, public roads and transmits diseases, among others, also stands out.

As you can see, our course is surrounded by an extensive fauna, which takes advantage of the same natural benefits provided by the terrain. It is a pleasure to be able to practice golf surrounded by this scenery that nature provides us, although we cannot forget that it is everyone's responsibility to ensure the progress of each of these species for a greener world.

If you are fortunate enough to see any of these birds, do not hesitate to photograph them and share them on social networks by tagging us. 

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