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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.


Reappearance of the blue crab in the marsh of the Doñana National Park

May 2019

Two years after its first appearance in the marsh of the Doñana National Park, the survey undertaken by the Doñana Monitoring Team (ICTS-RBD-CSIC) confirmed that the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus Rathbun (1896), is present in large numbers in the Brenes and Figuerola channels. In the surveys of May in these two locations, 14 specimens (9 females and 5 males) between 5 and 148 grams of weight were captured, confirming the establishment of the species in the area. Originally from the western Atlantic coast, from Argentina to Nova Scotia, It was into European waters at the beginning of the 20th century, and on the Spanish Mediterranean coasts at the beginning of this decade. This species lives in coastal areas and shallow inland waters, preferably with abundant vegetation, feeding mainly on invertebrates, carrion and small fish. To complete its biological cycle, however, it requires saltier and deeper waters, so the females spawn offshore, releasing over two million eggs that will return to the estuaries and marshes to feed and grow once reached the juvenile phase. Although the impact in the marshes of the Natural Area has not been established yet, It is known to affect negatively other decapod populations such as the green crab Carcinus maenas, which is common in the estuary.


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