These projects helped improving the status of the Bullfinch's population which increased from around 300 birds in the 1990’s to around 1,000 at the present. But the population remains very small. Although its conservation status has been downgraded from “critically endangered” to “endangered” on the IUCN Red List, it continues to be one of the most threatened and rarest birds in Europe.
Maintenance of the areas already cleared of invasive alien plant species is crucial for saving both the Bullfinch, and the native Laurel forest of São Miguel island, so important to the survival of the bird and to the local populations.
Our contribution is essential to keep this project going. With our support SPEA can continue to preserve the Azores Bullfinch and its natural habitat by managing the restored areas, as well as propagating the native and endemic species of the Azores and planting them in mountain areas cleared of invasive species.