In Poznan, the team will study vegetation, bees and wasps, birds, bats and lichens.
Poznan is one of the largest cities in Poland, dating from the late 900s. Originally the site of a fort of the Polan tribe, it soon boasted Poland's first cathedral. After serving as various political seats during the middle ages, the city became a major center of the fur trade in the 1500s. However, following this Poznan suffered two centuries of fires, floods, plagues and wars. In the 1800s, fortifications were built around the city, but by the early 1900s the city limits had expanded beyond the fortified ring to include surrounding areas. Much of the city, including the historical center, was destroyed during WWII, and rebuilding resulted in extensive blocks of prefabricated concrete apartments, and the rerouting of the Warta river. Today, the population is around 550,000.
Poznan is surrounded by forests. One of the well-known parks within the city, Wilson Park, started as a nursery and was made into a public park in 1902, along with a Palm House serving as a botanical garden. The park is split between a naturalistic "English style" and a formal "French style." palmiarnia.poznan.pl/en/the-wilson-park#photo-gallery. Urban allotment gardens in Poznan host a large number of native "weed" plants as well as large trees that provide shade and other amenities, and are thus reservoirs of biodiversity.