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
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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.
Since 2007, from March to October, technicians from Doñana’s Biodiversity Monitoring Group (ICTS-RBD) perform regular surveys of butterflies (Photo Jacinto Román: Lycaena phlaeas). The surveys are performed in five different study sites, designed to include Doñana’s most characteristic habitat types: scrubland, wet grassland, pine forest and gallery forest.
Last February 19th, after four weeks of fieldwork across the different Doñana wetlands (in 24 localities), ICTS-RBD’s Long-Term Monitoring Team completed the winter amphibian surveying. It has been a great winter for amphibians and it has coincided with the breeding period of most amphibian species. We have detected more than 7,000 individuals of 11 species found in Doñana, of which five are Iberian endemics.
Last January, the Natural Processes Monitoring Team (ICTS-RBD) of the Doñana Biological Station carried out the International Waterbird Census during winter in the Guadalquivir Marshes (Doñana Natural Space, adjacent unprotected areas and Brazo del Este Natural Site). This census, coordinated by Wetlands International, is operating in 143 countries taking place in January or February to collect information on the numbers of waterbirds at wetlands sites.
Animal tuberculosis (TB) is endemic in wild boar (Sus scrofa), red deer (Cervus elaphus), fallow deer (Dama dama) and cattle in south and central Spain. We studied TB at the wildlife-livestock interface in Doñana National Park for 14 years (2006-2018) in relation to host density, stochastic factors (rainfall) and environmental features (e.g., aggregation points such as waterholes).Wild boar showed the highest prevalence of TB (76.7%), followed by red deer (42.5%), fallow deer (14.4%) and...
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...
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