They are an essential part of our natural surroundings and protecting them and keeping them in good condition is the responsibility of those of us who have the privilege of enjoying their beauty all year round, as well as those who are fortunate enough to visit us. While it is easy to see a beach as little more than sea and sand, these crystalline waters are home to a very special plant community, meadows of posidonia oceanic or Neptune grass. This seagrass species is extremely important to the ecology and essential for regenerating beaches and maintaining water quality.
We want you to enjoy our beaches and we would also like to ask you to help us protect them. For this reason, we invite you to learn about their ecological importance.
- The posidonia oceanica meadows are home to a wide biodiversity of plant and animal life.
- The meadows are place where many species breed, feed and find protection.
- The biodiversity present in the meadows contributes to the formation of the sand (with the solid remains of the animals that live there).
- Extensive posidonia meadows are responsible for photosynthesis that coverts the CO2 in the atmosphere into oxygen, thus contributing significantly to reducing global warming.
- Both the meadows and the dead leaves that wash up on the beach help protect the sand and contribute to the formation of dunes.
What is Posidonia oceanica?
Posidonia oceanica is a marine phanerogam (with roots, a stem, leaves, flowers and fruits) endemic to the Mediterranean Sea. Its presence indicates good water quality and it is one of the reasons Sa Punta de n’Amer was included in the Natura 2000 network as a Site of Community Importance (SCI). The extensive meadows it forms are one of the richest marine ecosystems on the coast. As the posidonia leaves decompose they produce long fibres that resist putrefaction and end up forming the so-called “sea balls”.
Any loss of posidonia meadows has a very detrimental effect on the coastline as a whole and therefore we need to know how we can help preserve them:
- Don’t leave rubbish on the beach
- Follow the signposted paths and don’t walk on the dunes
- Respect the coastal flora and fauna
- Make sure you brush yourself down well before going home; it’s very important that the sand stays on the beach
- Don’t drop your boat’s anchor in the posidonia meadows.
The Blue Flag is a distinction awarded annually by the European Foundation for Environmental Education to beaches and ports that meet a series of environmental requirements and have the appropriate facilities. Our area has renewed its blue flags on the following beaches: Sa Marjal, Costa dels Pins, Cala Millor and Sa Coma and in the port of Cala Bona. This guarantees optimum conditions on our coast.
We have received these awards thanks to the excellent quality of our bathing waters and the facilities provided on the beaches and in the ports, including toilets, showers and cleaning and maintenance services. It is a certificate that guarantees the quality of the beaches and the port of Cala Bona and helps us promote the area as a first class holiday destination.
A Blue Flag flying over a beach recognises and stimulates the efforts of local communities to ensure that they meet the stipulated criteria for legality, accessibility, sanitation, cleanliness and safety, as well as offering suitable information and an environmental management system.