New exhibition in Tammsaare Park highlights Tallinn's unique biodiversity

The Tallinn European Green Capital 2023 bureau opened an exhibition on Tallinn's biodiversity in Tammsaare Park, which will remain open until the end of May. The exhibition highlights Tallinn's more special and unusual species and their habitats.

Tallinn is a city with a diverse biota and landscape, where many rarities have found a habitat. There are 46 species of protected plants alone. "The city has parks, forests, alluvial plains, meadows, heaths, sand dunes, rivers, lakes, cliffs, sandy beaches, valleys, reeds, bogs and even its own island. But how much do we actually realize this biodiversity on a daily basis?” said Meelis Uustal, a leading nature conservation specialist at the Tallinn Urban Environment and Public Works Department.

The main goal of the exhibition in Tammsaare Park is to remind the inhabitants of our rich nature with beautiful photos and to bring it closer to people - each picture has a QR code, which can be opened with a smartphone to discover the nature of the area.

The theme of the exhibition is inspired by the fact that the International Day of Biological Diversity is celebrated in May. Biodiversity is also an important issue in Tallinn's nomination year of the European Green Capital. "Biodiversity means the diversity of ecosystems, species and genetics. Biodiversity is essential for human well-being, because without the functioning of the ecosystem, such as pollination, climate regulation, maintaining soil fertility, we would not have food, fuel, fibre or medicine. At the same time, the world's biodiversity is constantly declining as natural habitats become poorer as a result of human activity. We can all preserve the city's biodiversity by preserving the habitats necessary for plants and animals," said Uustal.

Tallinn plans to create various green corridors to preserve biodiversity. A good example is the linear park Pollinator Highway, which passes through six of Tallinn's eight districts. "It is important for the preservation of urban nature that animals, birds and insects can move from one green area to another without being at risk. The Pollinator Highway will become a species-rich meadow-like natural environment, a green corridor between districts and a space for people to move around. It already acts as a movement corridor, which is used by pollinators and other groups of animals to move from one green area to another,” said Uustal.

The exhibition is curated by the European Green Capital bureau of the Tallinn Strategic Management Office and can be viewed in Tammsaare Park until the end of May.