Featured project: Can we save Collserola National Park?

Jai Ranganathan

Today’s featured #SciFund Challenge project is Can we save Collserola National Park? by Jorge Mederos.

Collserola Park
Collserola Park: on the edge of Barcelona, Spain.

This project is awesome, not least because it’s my voice on the video! But there is a lot more to like about this project. The project is based in Collserola Park, which is on the edge of Barcelona, Spain. Collserola is the biggest urban park in the world and, at 85 square kilometers, it is 22 times larger than New York City’s famed Central Park. Collserola is an oasis of nature in a highly urban landscape, containing well over a thousand plants species and hundreds of vertebrate species. 

Canopy walkway above Collserola Park.
The canopy walkway, high above Collserola Park, that was built by Jorge Mederos' team.

But the species that live in Collserola are  highly threatened by the urban development that surrounds it on all sides. That’s where Jorge Mederos comes in. Jorge is an insect biologist at the Natural History Museum of Barcelona. For his #SciFund research, he is researching how to control the insects that are threatening the unique Mediterranean trees found in the park. And he is studying these insects in the most difficult possible place to work: in the tree tops!

Jorge’s team has already built a tree-top walkway network in the park – the first ever in Spain – to better understand the insects that threaten Collserola. Jorge’s team is doing really pioneering research to save Collserola Park from the dangers that imperil it from all sides. It is a worth a look! Do check out Can we save Collserola National Park?


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