Urgent International support sought for Azores Bullfinch
By SPEA, Wed, 30/01/2013 - 09:31
Since 2003, the Globally Threatened Azores Bullfinch Pyrrhula murina, has benefitted considerably from a highly successful conservation project, initiated and run by SPEA - BirdLife's Portuguese Partner and its official Species Guardian. Their award-winning project tackles complicated habitat restoration and provides a boost to the local Azorean economy through sustainable ecotourism and employment, benefiting native islanders' livelihoods. Azores Bullfinch, or Priolo as it is known locally, is endemic to the island of São Miguel and is totally reliant on its natural laurel forest habitat which is under extreme pressure from non-native invasive plant species. Birdwatch Magazine and the British Birdwatching Fair through the BirdLife Preventing Extinctions Programme. However, the main funding has been provided by the Azorean Government and the EU Commission via two substantial LIFE + grants. Now these grants have come to an end and with severe European economic constraints threatening future investment from both local Azorean and national Portuguese government, finding the money required to keep this flagship project running is again an urgent priority. To spearhead the fundraising effort and keep a vital project team of 22 trained people in place, SPEA have launched a new campaign promoted by the video you can see below. Please make a contribution if you are able and then support this campaign by promoting it as widely as you can. This BirdLife Community News story is brought to you by The BirdLife Preventing Extinctions Programme.