Talking about the outskirts of a city like Girona means talking about a journey of 10 to 15 minutes walking from the centre. The Parc de les Ribes del Ter (the Park of the Ter Riverbanks) is an excellent place to get to know the biodiversity that exists such a short distance from town, and it's ideal for young naturalists and for teaching children to respect our natural surroundings. The park follows the river's path from Fontajau until in front of the meados ('deveses') of Pont Major. In the middle, after receiving the waters of the river Güell, at the junction with the Onyar, is the marvellous Illa del Ter - like a treasure island but close to home and without pirates. Along the way, you'll be able to make numerous ornithological obsevations: in the winter, you should spot buzzards, gulls, tawny owls, wagtails, grey herons, thrushes, finches and sandpipers; in the summer, the species in residence include chanterelles, moorhens, pigeons, kingfishers and swallows. Among the fish population look out for catfish and carp, while mammals include mink and rabbits as well as various reptiles. Don't leave your anti-mosquito protection at home, and if you want to enjoy a good view of everything, quality binoculars are a must.