May is dedicated to biodiversity in Tallinn

The month of May is dedicated to biodiversity in Tallinn’s urban environment and from 20 to 27 May, Tallinn Green Week with three international theme days will take place. Admirers of nature are welcome to take part in nature walks, bird singing evenings, open bee days and many other events.

With the month of biodiversity, Tallinn celebrates the Nature Conservation Month held all across Estonia. Special attention is paid to noticing, preserving and diversifying species richness in the urban environment, and the focus is primarily on bees and other pollinators as key players in maintaining biodiversity.

During the month of biodiversity, Tallinn Zoo hosts traditional bird song evenings, and communal works, study visits and workshops are organized in the city gardens. From May 17, the Tallinn Urban Environment and Public Works Department invites citizens to test their environmental knowledge in the hiking trail e-quiz "Tallinn is looking for a super-nature lover". On May 30, two photography courses will take place in the Tallinn Botanical Garden.

During Tallinn Green Week,  three international theme days are celebrated: May 20 is Bee Day, May 22 is Biodiversity Day and May 25 is Park Day. Five city apiaries are open to visitors during the Open Bee Days (May 20-22).

On Bee Day, May 20, the apiary of the Tallinn Zoo hosts study programs for school and kindergarteners. The Tallinn University apiary will be broadcast live, which will also be shown on the Tallinn Biodiversity Month website. You can also listen to lectures on bees on the website and the Facebook page of Linnakeskkond (Urban Environment). An exhibition based on Pyotr Socha's book "Bees" will be opened on Harju Street.

On Biodiversity Day, May 22, a nature tour will be organized to the district of large panel houses. Participants can learn that there is a lively activity in the stone city as well - butterflies on the grass that has not been mowed, bees next to a trash can on a lime tree or ants between parking stones. On May 23, a biodiverse home garden will be open for visitors.

On Park Day, May 25, nature tours guided by experts will take place in Kadriorg Park, Kalamaja Cemetery Park and Hirvepark. During these tours, the less-known insects are introduced. An e-seminar "Parks: the next generation" will also be held.

Registration information:

• Information and registration on urban gardening activities: www.tallinn.ee/est/keskkond/Opivisiidid-Tallinna-oppeaedadesse

• Information on bird song evenings (May 19 and 20): tallinnzoo.ee/linnulaulu-ohtud-tallinna-loomaaias

• Registration for nature hikes and open bee days (from May 18) and photography courses in the Botanical Garden (from May 24): www.tallinn.ee/est/keskkond/Oppematkad-looduses

• E-quiz on hiking trails: www.tallinn.ee/est/keskkond/Tallinna-otsib-superloodushuvilist

Additional information:

Piret Paljak
Project manager
Urban Environment and Public Works Department