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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.


Monitoring campaign of pond turtles distribution at Doñana National Park

October 2020

The monitoring campaign of pond turtle’s distribution has been performed along last June in 23 localities of Doñana Nature Area. This monitoring is performed every 4 years in the same localities and the main objective is to register the two species of pond turtles of Doñana, the European pond turtle (Emys orbicularis) and the Mediterranean pond turtle (Mauremys leprosa), as well as variations in their distribution. This protocol was initiated in 2007 and it is carried out by placing 5 fyke nets during 24 hours in each sampling point.

We found pond turtles in only 7 out of the 22 sampled localities (one locality could not be sampled because it did not have water). A total of 19 Emys orbicularis were captured in 5 localities and 8 Mauremys leprosa in 4 localities. The two species were found together only in two of these sampling points. It is remarkable that only 26% of the sampled localities had pond turtles and that 4 out of the 7 localities with these reptiles were “zacallones”, artificial structures to preserve water during drought periods. Besides, almost 50% of the individuals of Emys orbicularis were juveniles while in the case of Mauremys this percentage of juveniles was over 50%. The scarce presence of pond turtles detected can be due to current threatens at Doñana as the decrease of the hydroperiod of many temporary water ponds, the fishing pressure with nets in the natural park or the presence of invasive species.


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