Red List status
N Africa and S Europe
When stripped every ten years of its dense bark, the trunk of the Cork Oak glows amber, slowly changing from gold to rust red as the weeks pass. Decades of degradation in rural areas of southern Europe have left cork oak forest fragmented, pushing some species, such as the Iberian Lynx into critical measures.
The Iberian Lynx, Spanish Imperial Eagle and Black Vulture are the focus of dedicated conservation work that aims to restore the habitat of cork forests to increase numbers of breeding pairs. Integral to the fieldwork is the use of advanced imaging technology and close development of close community relationships to encourage education and awareness about species protection. Remote landscape laser sensing can contain layers of detail about properties of different levels of forest canopy and associated diversity.
In June 2015, we spent two days filming the stripping of bark from cork trees in the Alentejo region of Portugal, and the tree is featured in our film Into the Blue.
The Common Cuckoo is a widespread summer migrant to Europe and Asia and spends the non-breeding season in Africa...
The world’s rarest cat species, found in Europe, with only around 300 remaining in the wild...
Classified as Vulnerable due to it's very small population, which is dependent on on-going intensive management measures to mitigate the impact of threats such as poisoning, electrocution and insufficient food availability...
The Eurasian Black Vulture has a moderately small population which appears to be suffering an ongoing decline in its Asiatic strongholds...
Provides technical guidance, data and support for botanic gardens in almost 100 countries worldwide.
BirdLife International is a global Partnership of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) striving to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people…
A unique collaboration between the University of Cambridge and leading internationally-focussed biodiversity conservation organisations clustered in and around Cambridge
The world’s oldest international conservation organization, acts to conserve threatened species and ecosystems worldwide.
The Portuguese League for the Protection of Nature is the oldest environmental organization in the Iberian Peninsula...