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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 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.


Good wintering of waterbirds in the marshes of the Guadalquivir River in January 2019

January 2019

In the middle of last January, the Natural Processes Monitoring Team (ICTS-RBD) carried out the census of wintering birds in the Guadalquivir Marshes (Doñana Natural Area, adjacent non-protected areas and the Brazo del Este Natural Park).

All non-passerine birds that use the wetlands during their wintering are taken into account, and three types of census are carried out: aerial (valid mainly for anatidae, Greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) and large waders), terrestrial (all species), and roosting areas (some Ciconiiformes and diurnal raptors, Great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) and Common crane (Grus grus)).

The natural marsh of the Doñana Natural Area presented optimal flood conditions, what prompted a great abundance of waterbirds. Thanks to the rains that occurred after the summer (319.1 mm) and the new entrance of water supplies through the Travieso channel, the marsh had water in channels, temporary shallow ponds “lucios”and low marsh, as well as in high marsh of Las Nuevas and Marismillas, although not in much quantity. Saltpans, aquaculture ponds and rice fields also had an extensive surface of water.

The total estimated figure has been 617,380 birds, of a hundred different species, being the second highest in the last 15 years after the one obtained in 2017. It is worth mentioning as a historical record the figures obtained for Northern shoveler (Anas clypeata), White-headed duck (Oxyura leucocephala), Glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) and Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia).


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

ICTS-RBD Facilities.

Cork oaks density

Map showing cork oaks density in the Doñana Biological Reserve