24 Oct 2012

Laurel Forest, Madeira, Portugal (UNESCO)

This postcard was sent by Joaquim Costa and shows the Laurel Forest of Madeira, inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1999.
From UNESCO: The Laurisilva of Madeira is an outstanding relict of a previously widespread laurel forest type. It is the largest surviving area of laurel forest and is believed to be 90% primary forest. It contains a unique suite of plants and animals, including many endemic species such as the Madeiran long-toed pigeon.

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