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.
The Mediterranean gull (Larus melanocephalus) breeds in Doñana for the second consecutive year.
In the breeding season 2018, the succesful reproduction of a couple of Mediterranean gull in the Natural Area of Doñana was verified for the first time. The Natural Process Monitoring Team of Doñana Biological Station (EBD) observed in Veta la Palma a couple incubating in May, which was not seen again later. In june, Alberto Pastoriza, an EBD technician, observed an adult with two small chikens , and in this case it was found that both managed to fly. These two couples settled in colonies of Black-headed gulls (Chroicocephalus ridibundus).
This season 2019 has returned to breed in Veta la Palma, in nthis case where a mixed colony of Black headed gulls and Slender-billed gulls (Chroicocephalus genei) was installed. Two couples were located and in both cases at lesat one chick was born, but in no case did they fly. In addition, the body of one of the adults, presumably haunted by a raptor, was found.
During the censuses carried out monthly since 2002, sightings of this species have been very sporadic, but from 2015 to the present, they have been more frequent, to the point of being able to succesfully breed these last two seasons.
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