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Cork oak forests are found in Spain, Portugal, Italy, France and northern Africa. Cork oak is an evergreen tree, can grow to 20 metres in height and has thick, deeply ridged bark that is harvested as cork.
Interestingly this does not damage the tree as the bark renews itself. So it’s a perfect example of a truly sustainable natural resource.
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is working with local conservation organisations and landowners to secure and manage a belt of land that includes cork oak forest across southern Portugal.
This important area of natural habitat will provide a corridor large enough to support a viable population of the threatened Iberian lynx and Eurasian black vulture.