The session

Montserrat - Coll de Can Maçana

Saturday, 5th March 2022

This Saturday session looks in to:

  • Geology and landscape.
  • Management of natural spaces.

In this Saturday session you will discover the Montserrat - Coll de Can Maçana Nature Space, located in the Montserrat Mountain Nature Park, and deepen your knowledge of its geological history, from the stratigraphic analysis of its characteristic prominence to the study of erosion materials and processes. In addition, you can also find out everything you need to know for the management of a natural park like the Mountain of Montserrat by assessing the state of the forest in different transects and getting to know in detail the different management measures which have been carried out.

Activities

Activity 1. Geological history of Montserrat

Day: Saturday, 5th March 2022

Opening hours: 10 am to 11 am and 3 pm to 5 pm

Location: Different locations of the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation's estate in Montserrat

Activity coordination: Josep Maria Fabra, Territory and Environment Team of the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation.

Session given by: Josep Maria Fabra

Language: Catalan

Description: Introduction to the formation of Montserrat at different strategic points for a detailed observation of the different stratigraphic cuts that make up the space. Study of the pre-existing Paleozoic materials in the Montserrat formation and that on which they were deposited. Panoramic view and the context of Montserrat. Route from the Information Point of Montserrat - Can Maçana to Sant Pau Vell (20 minutes one way) to observe the formation of Montserrat as a delta of a marine basin and the view of the pines and the formation of the prominent features of the mountain. Analysis of the different levels that make up Montserrat (conglomerates, sandstones, clays), their hardness and differential erosion. Geological hazards (block falls).

Activity 2. Management of a natural park: forest management of the area of Montserrat - Can Maçana

Day: Saturday, 5th March 2022

Opening hours: 11 am to 12 pm

Location: Information point Montserrat - Coll de Can Maçana

Activity coordination: David Saez, Territory and Environment Team of the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation

Session given by: David Saez

Language: Catalan

Description: Introduction to the development and features of the management plan for a natural space, taking as an example the management carried out in the Montserrat Mountain Nature Park. Analysis of the Montserrat LIFE project and the actions carried out in the park for its management: controlled burning of flora, re-population with species of interest, monitoring of animal species, etc.

Activity 3. Assessment of the condition of the forest

Day: Saturday, 5th March 2022

Opening hours: 12 pm to 1 pm

Location: Camí de les Batalles

Activity coordination: David Saez, Territory and Environment Team of the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation

Session given by: David Saez

Language: Catalan

Description: Study of the vegetation cover of different spaces of the Coll de Can Maçana estate of the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation. Analysis of the differences between a healthy and managed forest and an unmanaged forest. Field practice for measuring the quality of a forest area: Transects for species count, measurement of tree diameters and calculation of forest age.

Activity 4. Management measures

Day: Saturday 5th March 2022

Opening hours: 12 pm to 1 pm

Location: Camí de les Batalles

Activity coordination: David Saez, Territory and Environment Team of the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation

Session given by: David Saez

Language: Catalan

Description: Case study of the management measure within the livestock-centred Montserrat LIFE project. Contribution of a herd of goats, among other animals, to the health of forests through herbivorism.