Arid Pinus canariensis forest located in the south of Gran Canaria. Regeneration is very slow due to low humidity, and undergrowth is sparse. Human activities include stock-farming and forestry practices.
One of the priority areas to be improved as part of the Fringilla teydea conservation programme, which provides for the release of captive-bred individuals.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Forest-fires (both natural and man-made) are a major threat. Overgrazing by feral goats Capra hircus restricts vegetation regeneration. A conservation programme for Fringilla teydea polatzeki has run since 1991 (with LIFE funding in 1995 and 1996).
National High International High3,600 ha of IBA covered by Natural Park (Pilancones, 5,794 ha). 3,600 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Ayagaures y Pilancones, 10,166 ha).
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tirajana pine woodland. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 19/01/2022.