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Doñana’s Singular Scientific-Technical Infrastructure (ICTS-RBD) provides access and support to carry out research at the Doñana Protected Areas.

For that purpose, it provides researchers with housing, facilities, technical and logistic support. It also runs programs for monitoring the status and trends of biodiversity, provides online access to all the information gathered by these monitoring programs, and delivers IT services and tools to facilitate the search and use of that information. Read more


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Population dynamics of the Iberian hare in Doñana

Population dynamics of the Iberian hare in Doñana



The Iberian hare (Lepus granatensis) is a widely distributed endemic species in the Iberian Peninsula. To im­prove knowledge of its population dynamics, the relative abundance and population trends of the Iberian hare were studied in the autumns of 1995–2012 in a protected area (Doñana National Park) by spotlighting in 2 different habitats: marshland and ecotones. The average relative abundance was 0.38 hare/km (SD = 0.63) in the marshland and 3.6 hares/km (SD = 4.09) in ecotones. The Iberian hare population exhibited local interan­nual fluctuations and a negative population trend during the study period (1995–2012). The results suggest that its populations are in decline. The flooding of parts of the marshland in June, July and October favor hare abun­dance in the ecotone. Hare abundance in the marshland increases as the flooded surface area increases in Octo­ber. These effects are more pronounced if the rains are early (October) and partially flood the marsh. By con­trast, when marsh grasses and graminoids are very high and thick, the abundance of hares decreases dramatically as does the area of the marsh that is flooded (in November). Carro & Soriguer (2017) Long-term patterns in Iberian hare population dynamics in a protected area (Doñana National Park) in the SW Iberian Peninsula: effects of wheather conditions and plant cover. Integr Zool DOI: 10.1111/1749-4877.1221



 

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Permission to undertake scientific research at Doñana is granted on competitive basis, based on the scientific relevance, applicability to its conservation and management, and potential impact on its wildlife and ecosystems. To submit an application, you should download and fill this form (in Spanish) and submit it to: coordinacion@ebd.csic.es. Read more

Request access and housing

Once your research project has been approved by ICTS-RBD, you can request access to the Biological Reserve and housing  using this online form (in Spanish) and/or logistic or technical support using this online form (in Spanish). Do not forget to read carefully the facilities’ rules of use. 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, subjected to the terms of use included in this data-request form. Read more

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-metal bird marking in Spain. Read More

ICTS-RBD Facilities


Densidad de alcornoques

Mapa que muestra la densidad de alcornoques de la Reserva Biológica de Doñana