EUROPEAN PROJECT OF AMPHIBIAN AND AQUATIC REPTILES' HABITAT RECOVERING IN BAIX TER WETLANDS

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ENVIRONMENT


LES BASSES D'EN COLL

From an ecological point of view it is one of the most important and interesting of the set of wetlands and marshlands of the Baix Empordà; since it contains a complete and representative sample of the fauna and flora of a wetlands’ ecosystem.

The right margin of the river Ter is an old, drained marshland with an extension of approximately 2 km2, where the only existing perennial ponds are known as Basses d’en Coll, and are more related to coastal dynamics than to marsh dynamics.

In the sector laying to the north the main characteristics of a degraded marshland environment can be found, and it is possible to identify old ponds situated perpendicular to the coast line. The ones situated nearer to the Ter still present small swamps. Located to the south of Pals’ beach, in the Basses d’en Coll area, we can find these elongated ponds that connect with the last section of the Rec del Molí, just before its flows into the sea. It has an extension of approximately 4 hectares.

 
Aerial view of the Basses d'en Coll
 Sand dunes (Pals)

On the other hand, on the beaches situated between the mouth of the Ter and the end of Pals beach, there is a well developed stretch of dunes created with the tramuntana wind that extends further south to the massif of Begur, where it stays fixed by a pine forest.