Ambassador profile


  Name: Juan Botey Serra
  Function: Administrator of FITOR and chemical/agricultural engineer
  Country: Spain
  E-mail: jbotey(at)forestal(dot)cat
  Tel: +34 93412 5339

Organisation profile


  Organisation: AGROFITOR s.a
  E-mail: jbotey(at)forestal(dot)cat
  Tel: +34 93412 5339
  Established: 1970-1990
  Category: Private Organisation
  Number of staff: 5
Site profile
  Site name: Fitor  
  Location: Central Costa Brava  
  Land area: 1,300 ha  
  Nearest urban settlement: La Bisbal d'Emporda, Palamos, Palafrugell  
  Natura 2000 ID:

ES 5120010 Les Gavarres



  Annual visitor count: Approx. 300  
  Majority of visitors from: Barcelona at the weekend. Also visitors from Austrailia USA and Europe for holidays  
  Site description:

Forestry, Agriculture, Tourism

More information: pdf (523ko)



All species
  Species code Latin name Common / local name
    Charaxes jassius L. Two tailed pashe
    Euphidriyas aurinia Marsh fritillary
    Lucanus cerrus Stag beetle
    Cerambyx cerdo Great Capricorn beetle
    Barbus meridionalis Barbel
    Anguis fragilis Slow worm
    Triturus marmoratus Marbled newt
    Triturus helveticus Palmate newt
    Hyla meridionalis Stripeless tree frog
    Bubo bubo Eagle owl
    Buteo buteo Common buzzard
    Cistus crispus L.  
    Arbutus unedo L.  
    Barlia robertiana Greuter  
    Cephalantera rubra L.  
    Genista linifolia L.  
    Mentha pulegium L.  
All habitats (* indicates priority habitats)
  Habitat code Common / local name
  6220 * Pseudo-steppe with grasses and annuals of the Thero-Brachypodietea
  91E0 * Alluvial forests with Alnus glutinosa and Fraxinus excelsior (Alno-Padion, Alnion incanae, Salicion albae)
  9260 Castanea sativa woods
  9330 Quercus suber forests
  9340 Quercus ilex and Quercus rotundifolia forests
  9540 Mediterranean pine forests with endemic Mesogean pines
Stakeholder profile        
  Stakeholder activity in the management planning process:
  Stakeholder group activity level
  hi ←        → nil
  Local Government        
  Central Government        
  Private landowners        
  Green NGOs        
  Private sector        
  Private individuals        
  Recreational groups        
Stakeholder success stories

Tourist structures

Signalisation is made by the Administration of the site (Consorci de les Gavarres) in combination with the owner. The big game hunting contract is linked to the guard. Circuits are implemented by Administration (bikes) and with local amateur people, with the owner's permission.


House renting

We offer millenary houses for living (see website). We also have events like weddings, professional meetings, cookery club cooking with firewood, and we rent the houses at different prices to suit the individual cases.


Maintenance of heritage

Sometimes we have the aid of people, schools, clean or reconstruct some ancient heritage in the state (Ice pits, Ceramic furnace, ...).

Photo credit: A. Botey A., Jordi Miralles, Juan Botey Serra.
Communication profile

Activities and products for the communication of Natura 2000


Guided visits
Other: Booklets


  Event frequency
Not every year


  Use of seasonal workers / volunteers


  Kind of work / volunteering opportunities
  • Cork harvest
  • Guides


  Communication literature produced


  Communication target groups
General public
Site visitors


  The organisation has a dedicated communication strategy for Natura 2000


  Site involved in joint working / networking


  Details of joint working / networking activity


  • Cork Institute
  • Forest Associations


Site management profile
"Natural and Anthropogenic culture in a silent cork oak forest"
  Key site management issues:


  • Absence of pesticides since 1970
  • Cork oak management for cork production. Accessibility of the forest
  • Honey production, forest fruits production
  • Very rich neolitic heritage and anthropogenic culture in the forest
  • Botany, butterflies, and natural life paradise
  • Occupied millenary houses in the estate
  • Silence


  Integration of Natura 2000 in overall site management:


In every possible way, Natura 2000 heritage is always integrated into all the management issues (forestry, agriculture,... ).


  Key site management objectives:


  • Groups of 8-12 people interested in natural and anthropogenic forest heritage who can spend a day eating in our houses and walking in the forest
  • Find the best system of contacting groups of this size


  Stakeholders targeted as part of management action:


  • Specific chefs and guides


  Description of work carried out / methods and methodology:


  • Maintenance of site to be visited
  • Visitors must pay for guides and maintenance of sites and for the ultimate profit of the property


  Results of action and activities:


Economic agreements.

The service is used by very few visitors, however, we continue to believe that it is the best way of getting to know the private estate.


  Indication of budget allocation for these tasks:


No special budget is allocated for this task.


Financial overview
  Organisational budget for nature conservation (annual):


About Euros 150,000


  Budget reserved for communication:


About Euros 3,000


  European funding:



Maybe ERDF for commodities such as electricity and communications such as internet and mobile phone coverage for the houses.


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