LIFE+PINZON - Project of range expansion, and population size of the priority species Fringilla teydea polatzeki

LIFE14 NAT/ES/000077

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Contact details:

Contact person: Julian MUÑOZ DE LA FUENTE
Tel: 34928531845
Email: jmunoz1@tragsa.es

Project description:


The blue chaffinch is a species endemic to the Canary Islands. It has two distinct subspecies, each restricted to a single island: Fringilla teydea teydea inhabits pine forests on Tenerife and Fringilla teydea polatzeki occupies only certain pine forests on Gran Canaria. The blue chaffinch population on Gran Canaria is currently very restricted. The central core of the island is home to almost the entire population of the subspecies (about 200 individuals), with some also in the pine forest of Tamadaba. Currently, its small population size, predation (especially by feral cats), coupled with the degradation and decline of its habitat, form a set of factors which together threaten the population’s survival. The species is listed in Annex I of the Birds Directive.


The LIFE+PINZON project’s objectives are fourfold. They are to:

  • Create sustainable population centres of blue chaffinch in the pine forests around the summit of Gran Canaria;
  • Improve the viability of the population through release of birds into the wild from the captive breeding centre;
  • Increase the population size of blue chaffinch on the island of Gran Canaria; and
  • Enhance the operation of ecological corridors, established in an earlier project (LIFE07 NAT/E/000759).
  • Expected results: The main expected results are:

  • The release of 120 individuals of Fringilla teydea polatzeki in the central summit from the captive breeding centre and also translocation of animals from the source population, so the population size in those pine forests reaches 160 individuals (plus released animals born in the natural environment) at the end of the project;
  • The production of 20 individuals/year in the captive breeding centre;
  • An increase of the wild blue chaffinch population of Gran Canaria by up to 450 individuals, effectively doubling the size of the population; and
  • A plantation of 80 000 Canarian pines in the ecological corridors in the central summit and Tamadaba. This will allow connectivity between the most suitable pine forests for the species.



Environmental issues addressed:


Species - Birds


forest ecosystem‚  island ecosystem

Target EU Legislation

  • Nature protection and Biodiversity
  • Directive 79/409 - Conservation of wild birds (02.04.1979)
  • Directive 92/43 - Conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora- Habitats Directiv ...
  • COM(2011) 244 final “Our life insurance, our natural capital: an EU biodiversity strategy to 2020 ...

Target species

 Fringilla teydea polatzeki     

Target Habitat types

  • 9550 - Canarian endemic pine forests

Natura 2000 sites

SCI ES0000041 Ojeda, Inagua y Pajonales
SCI ES0000111 Tamadaba
SCI ES7010018 Riscos de Tirajana
SCI ES7010019 Roque de Nublo
SCI ES7010038 Barranco de La Virgen
SCI ES7010039 El Nublo II
SCI ES7010040 Hoya del Gamonal



Coordinator TRAGSA,S.A.
Type of organisation Professional organisation
Description The TRAGSA Group, established throughout Spain since 1977, carries out work in the areas of rural development and nature conservation, as well as providing emergency services to attend natural and climate-related disasters. Its activities are based on a commitment to sustainable development, the rational exploitation of natural resources, and the use of state-of-the-art, efficient and environmentally-friendly technologies.
Partners VMA(Viceconsejería de Medio Ambiente del Gobierno de Canarias), Spain CGC(Consejería de Medio Ambiente y Emergencias del Cabildo de Gran Canaria), Spain


Project reference LIFE14 NAT/ES/000077
Duration 16-SEP-2015 to 15-FEB -2020
Total budget 1,123,860.00 €
EU contribution 674,316.00 €
Project location Canarias(España)


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