ICTS-RBD is a scientific large-scale facility providing research support and cutting-edge biodiversity monitoring systems at the heart of one of the most important protected areas in Europe: Doñana National and Natural Park
At the Research Coordination Office all scientific activities are stored in database; projects, publications, conferences, PhD dissertations, ..ntained. References range from scientific papers and technical reports to popular books and legislation.
Monitoring at ICTS-RBD
The need to understand the inherent variability of natural systems, led to the creation of a long term monitoring program in Doñana, aimed at creating series of essential data of both physical and biological parameters
Doñana’s Singular Scientific-Technical Infrastructure (ICTS-RBD) provides access and support to carry out research at the Doñana Protected Areas.
For such purpose, it provides researchers with accomodation, various facilities and technical/logistical support. It also runs monitoring programs to assess the status and trends of biodiversity, provides online access to all the information gathered by these monitoring programs and delivers ICT service management and tools to facilitate the search and use of that information.
A Spanish Imperial Eagle attacks a Greater Flamingo in Santa Olalla lagoon
In October, 28th a member of the Doñana Natural Process Monitoring Team witnessed a mortal attack of a Spanish Imperial Eagle (Aquila adalberti) on a flock of Greater Flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus) in Santa Olalla lagoon. About 11 in the morning, two couples of Spanish Imperial Eagles were seen flying over the peridunal lagoons, one in the vertical of the Las Pajas lagoon, and another in the Santa Olalla-Dulce lagoons. At that moment a flock of about 60 Greater Flamingos took flight from Santa Olalla, probably frightened by the presence of the raptors. One of the Eagles, an immature specimen, made a withering attack on the flock, seizing an adult Greater flamingo that deposited between the surrounding vegetation of the lagoon with wounds on the body and on a wing. It´s known that Spanish Imperial Eagles in Doñana eat Greater Flamingos sporadically (Valverde, 1967).
In autumn it is common for Eagles to fly over lagoons that still have water searching for winged preys. It is also a time when immature Spanish Imperial Eagles visit Doñana looking for gaps between breeding pairs.
Valverde, J. A. 1967. Estructura de una comunidad mediterránea de vertebrados terrestres. Monografías de Ciencia Moderna nº 76, 219pp.
Start a project
If you plan to do research in Doñana, you must bear in mind that your project must be approved by the Research Access Commission of the Doñana Participation Council. The ICTS-RBD provides assistance throughout the procedure. Read more
Request access, accommodation and/or technical and logistic support
Once your research project has been approved by ICTS-RBD, you can request access and accomodation in the Biological Reserve using this online form and/or logistic or technical support using this online form . Do not forget to read carefully the facilities’ use rules. Read more
Request biodiversity data
You can visualize ICTS-RBD’s biodiversity monitoring data at the Data Infrastructure and consult essential ecosystem indicators derived from them at the Global Change Observatory. Raw data are offered free of charge to competitive research projects, subject to the following terms and conditions of use included in this data-request form.
Bird Ringing Lab
The Bird Ringing Lab is a service of ICTS-RBD that centralizes all scientific ringing activities undertaken in Doñana, and coordinates non-metallic bird banding in Spain.Read More
Cork oaks density
Map showing cork oaks density in the Doñana Biological Reserve