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Mediterranean wood pastures for biodiversity – making the lynx

Mediterranean wood pastures for biodiversity – making the lynx

This project aims to develop new tools to help conserve biodiversity in the emblematic wood pasture landscapes of southern Portugal. These areas are undergoing major change because of rural depopulation, land abandonment and other pressures. There is serious concern – but little evidence – about what this all means for the rich fauna and flora. As a result, it is difficult take appropriate action to limit any damage to wildlife. Making the Lynx aims to address this, drawing impetus from on-going efforts to save the Critically Endangered Iberian Lynx – a flagship species whose conservation would ensure the survival of a whole host of other wildlife.

This project is funded by the CCI Collaborative Fund for Conservation, with team members from the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge, Fauna and Flora International, and Liga para a Protecção da Natureza (LPN) in Portugal.

Cattle and black pigs grazing in an oak pasture
Cattle and black pigs grazing in an oak pasture

Display board attached to a fence bounding an area of oak pasture, and advertising the conservation needs of the Iberian lynx and black vulture in south-east Portugal
Display board attached to a fence bounding an area of oak pasture, and advertising the conservation needs of the Iberian lynx and black vulture in south-east Portugal
(Life project: Habitat Lince Abutre)

View across the oak woodlands and evergreen shrublands in the Moura-Barrancos region of the eastern Alentejo.
View across the oak woodlands and evergreen shrublands in the Moura-Barrancos region of the eastern Alentejo.