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.
This year, the sixth and last sampling day of the tortoise Testudo graeca graeca was on March 13th, in the area of "Puntal", in Doñana National Park. This protocol consist in three annual consecutive campaings, repeated every decade, in wich an area of 45 Ha at the vera of the National Park is intensively sampled. The objective is to detect population trends in a species in which these trends are difficult to verify given the high longevity of the adults and the low survival of the offspring and juveniles. The year 2020 has been the third consecutive year of this campaing and, by the time confinement was decreed, more than 100 different individuals had already been captured, the minimum number indicated in the protocol to carry out population trend analyses. Although the data for this campaing have not yet been analysed, the results of previous campaings indicate that this population is maintained thanks to the high survival of adults and the sporadic recruitment of young tortoises into the population. (For more information, see Díaz-Paniagua et al. 2001)
Díaz-Paniagua, C., Keller, C. and Andreu, A. 2001. Long-term demographic fluctuations of the spur-thighed tortoise Testudo graeca in SW Spain. Ecography: 24: 707-721
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