Tallinn Botanic Garden


Biotoopia Walks: Interspecies City II

Biotoopia Walks: Interspecies City II

Date: 15.10.2022 at 11:00 – 12:30

Location: Kuristiku bus stop in Lasnamäe, Tallinn (Google maps)

Free entrance, registration needed.

The Biotoopia Walks this time highlights hybrid living situations in urban settings. The 1.5-hour walk begins at 11:00. The event is in Estonian language.

The second tour, which takes place in Lasnamäe (different location), focuses on the variety of species found in the typical Soviet-era apartment buildings in Estonia. Even in places that appear to be man-made artificially, species diversity exists. Understanding the communities formed by the interaction of human and natural culture and interspecies empathy is important at a time when the expansion of cities is happening at the expense of other species’ habitats.

The Biotoopia walk ties the city tour and sensory fieldwork together and encourages participants to actively engage with their surroundings and put themselves in the shoes of various kinds of organisms. Where can a hedgehog, seagull, or collared pigeon obtain food, find refuge, rear young, wash, rest, and interact with others?

Hildegard Reimann, a master’s student in ethnology at the University of Tartu in Estonia, was invited by Biotoopia to lead the walk because she is passionate about exploring the interactions between people and animals in urban settings. A specialist in environmental education will accompany us on our stroll.

Director of Tallinn Zoo Tiit Maran and biologist Leif-August Kirs analysing different kind of species after the walk

The 1.5-hour walk begins on August 4 at 11:00 at the Kuristiku road bus stop (Google maps) and takes the shape of a workshop and necessitates involvement and thought. We advise dressing in weather-resistant attire. It is advised to bring a camera and/or mobile device for capturing noises and taking images.

Free admission is provided. Due to the restricted number of participants, pre-registration at the link is necessary.

Keep an eye on latest updates of the event on our Facebook event page.

Read more about the previous walk.

Biotoopia WALKS event is supported by Tallinn and Sports Department, Wizon OÜ and Civil Society Foundation.

Biotoopia WLAKS organiser
Hildegard Reimann


All events are in the open air – please choose your clothing wisely! We recommend to wear rubber boots as some spots can be rather wet. During the events the performer and the audience are open to constantly changing weather and living environment. As such the experience of the events can also change accordingly. We recommend to tune yourself during these performances moreover as being in the body of a curious beetle sitting on a leaf nearby – open to the elements, attentive to the environment and still enjoying the constant pulse of biosphere.