Jordi Sargatal i Vicens, born in Figueres in 1957, Zoologist, since 1972 is dedicated to the study of Nature, specializing in birds, wetlands and land management in general. He was director of the Parque Natural dels Aiguamolls from 1984 to 1998. From 1998 to January 2009 was Director of the sadly defunct Territory and Landscape Foundation, which depended on the Welfare of Caixa Catalunya, which actively promoted nature conservation, especially with the acquisition of areas of interest. He was also Coordinator of the “Observatory of Rural Areas and Biodiversity”.
He is currently Director General of Grup Mascort dedicated to sustainable tourism and the management of natural and cultural heritage.
He has published numerous articles and books, among which the “Handbook of the Birds of the World” (has been editor of the first 7 volumes, dedicated to No Passeriformes, consisting of 17 the work). He has also been president of the ICHN (Catalan Institute of Natural History), the IAEDEN (Institució Altempordanesa per l’i Estudi Defense Natura) and l’APNAE (Association of Friends of the Marshes Natural Park of l’Empordà) . Board Member of SEO / Birdlife, and the Advisory Board of the Foundation Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente.
I live in the Empordà, NE of Catalonia, and I’ve always been proud of my country. My natural habitat is marshes of the Empordà, a wonderful place, full of birds, that we managed to save. But I always say that the other place in Spain where I’d like to live is Extremadura, a haven for birds, and Alange is a perfect compendium, a place of winged environmental seduction !!