Madeira Island has a beautiful and a rare beauty. Madeira Island is well-known for its beautiful fauna and flora, and also for its magnificent Laurel Forest (Floresta Laurissilva), recognized as World Natural Heritage by UNESCO, in 1999. In the Laurel Forest you can find many endemic species, such as the the fetidel laurel, laurel or bay tree, the Canary laurel, the mocan, the Madeira mahogany and the southern olive. You can also see other predominant species, like ferns, mosses, lichens, liverworths. Besides this, Madeira Island also has a beautiful fauna. Among the 42 species of birds, Madeira has three endemic species. These are Zino’s Petrel (Pterodroma madeira), the Madeira long-toed pigeon (Columba trocaz) and the firecrest (Regulus madeirensis). Other attractions of Madeira Island are the sea species of rare beauty, such as the Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus), the Common dolphin (Delphinus delphis), the Bodião (Sparisoma cretens) and the Brydes Whale (Balaenoptera edeni. To protect the diversity and richness of the extensive nature heritage of the archipelago of Madeira, protected areas were created, specifically a nature park and various nature reserves: - Madeira Nature Park; - Garajau Nature Reserve; - Rocha do Navio Nature Reserve; - Ilhas Desertas Nature Reserve; - Ilhas Selvagens Nature Reserve.

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