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Bird recovery project producing results 

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Gran Canaria has launched an extensive campaign to save a Canary bird which was endangered by the fires of 2007.

The population of the Pinzón Azul is now around 317 which exceeds the number of individuals prior to the blaze which seriously affected the Inagua Integral Reserve, the main population nucleus of this bird.

In order to guarantee the recovery of the Pinzul (as it is popularly known), the Cabildo, financed by the European Union, launched the LIFE + Pinzón project in 2015. The aim was to expand the area of distribution and the population size of the species in Inagua and the Summit of Gran Canaria.

Five information panels were installed in strategic locations, such as La Candelilla and Tejeda village.

Leaflets were also produced in English and Spanish and several workshops held and planned for the future.

Reforestation work has also been carried out to create ecological corridors linking the two population centres of the species.