This itinerary will take place on Sunday, September 11, and we will travel through several different green spaces where we will learn about biodiversity and importance in urban and heritage development through a guided tour in collaboration with the Museo de Historia Natural of the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela. The visit will be complemented with different interventions and soundscape samples by the composer and ethnomusicology’s researcher Carlos Suárez, with whom we will discover the bioacustic of these green spaces in Compostela.

Santiago de Compostela is a small city with a monumental area and numerous green spaces, many of them with rivers, or streams, and with some rural areas in the surroundings. All these environments favor habitability for many species.

To find out who these beings who live with us are, and what benefits they provide, what biodiversity is and why it is important in urban areas, we will take a route from the Finca de Vista Alegre to the Carballeira de San Lourenzo, passing by the Parque de Galeras, the Finca do Espiño and the Ribeira do Sarela. These spaces, in addition to their conservation interest, hve a landscape, cultural and heritage value.

On the other hand, we will find out what bioacoustics is and how it is used by music creators to make their compositions. We will talk about the enormous sound richness of the Biosphere, its varied orchestrations and how it changes according time, seasons, altitude, climate, geography and other variables, and we will learn the field recording techniques for those biosounds.

We will make stops to introduce, observe and listen to some of our non-human neighbors, addressing the importance of conserving their habitats within the urban environment and touching on aspects of the sound ethology of various groups of animals, answering ecological and acoustic questions such as how temperature affects insects, what group synchrony is, what echolocation is, and why bird singing baffles scientists.

Finally, we will reflect on the main causes and consequences of the decline in biodiversity, we will do listening exercises and we will talk about noise pollution and how it affects the Biosphere.

Cristina Fuentes

Bióloga especializada en educación ambiental e interpretación del patrimonio, guía del Museo de Historia Natural de la USC.

Carlos Suárez

Artista sonoro, etnomusicólogo, diseñador de instrumentos y compositor de paisajes sonoros.

11:30 USC: Museo de Historia Natural

11:30 USC: Museo de Historia Natural