Save the date for the 4th Natura 2000 Monitoring workshop! Since 2013, Eurosite has organised a series of workshops to facilitate information exchange on issues related to monitoring Natura 2000 habitats and species. From 09 – 11 April 2019 the workshop ‘New technologies for Natura 2000 monitoring’ will take place in Doñana, Spain and will be hosted by Estación Biológica de Doñana. The workshop is one of the networking events of the Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process.

The sessions will focus on three main subject areas:

  • the roles of satellite images in conservation monitoring
  • the roles of drone images in conservation monitoring
  • open source software packages that can increase the efficiency, accuracy and precision of our work.

Natura 2000 Monitoring workshop Final Report

Photo credit: Clive Hurford



Please find the final programme here.
Shuttle transport between airport and venue

A shuttle bus from Sevilla airport to the hotel has been arranged in the evening of Monday 8 April, as well as a shuttle back to the airport in the morning of Friday 12 April – exact times will be determined based on the travel times provided by participants. Additionally, on the way back from the fieldtrip on Thursday 11 April, the bus can drop people off at Sevilla (airport) for participants who prefer to travel back on that day. Depending on traffic, that bus will arrive at the airport between 19:00 and 20:00. If you would like to make use of the regular shuttle bus on Monday and Friday, please provide your flight details to the Eurosite secretariat for planning purposes after you have registered for the event. The bus will also make a pickup and a drop-off at the train station if needed. Please note that the shuttle will drive between Sevilla Airport, the train station and the hotel (and back on Friday 12 April). Participants arriving at Jérez Airport are advised to either take a taxi to the hotel (30 minutes, approximately between €25 and €30 fare), or a public bus to Jérez de la Frontera (30 minutes, see time table here) and from there a public bus to San Lúcar (40 minutes to bus stop "Quinto Centenario", see time table here).

We advise you not to arrange your travel until after you have registered for the event, since we have a limited number of places available for participants.


We have made a pre-booking for participants in hotel Palacio de Arizon at a discount rate that includes breakfast and lunch. Prizes for rooms are €65,- per night per room for a single room, and €95,- for a double room. You can book your room here. Venue address:

Hotel Palacio de Arizón
Plaza Quinto Centenario
Sanlúcar de Barrameda


On Wednesday evening we will be holding our traditional EuroCocktail. Participants are invited to bring a sample of local produce - something to eat or drink that typifies your part of Europe - to share with the other participants. We advise you to bring something which does not need to be kept cool or needs to be warmed up.

Field trip

On Thursday 11 April there will be an optional field trip to Dehesa de abajo and surrounding area. There is no need to bring specific gear or clothing, although a pair of hiking boots is advised.
Presentation by Theo van der Sluis. Download.
Title: The Natura 2000 Biogeographical Process

Presentation by Bruno Combal. Download.
Title: Introduction to the workshop

Presentation by Anne Schmidt. Download
Title: Evidence Based Improvements of the Birds and Habitats Directives

Presentation by Peter Kullberg. Download.
Title: Earth observations for biodiversity monitoring: experiences from Finland

Presentation by José Manuel Álvarez-Martínez. Download.
Title: Remote sensing-based spatial modelling for Natura 2000 management at a large scale: from habitat monitoring to sites selection

Presentation by André Große-Stoltenberg. Download.
Title: Remote sensing of invasive plant species: identifying thresholds and early indicators of high impact

Presentation by Richard Lucas. Download.
Title: Demonstration workshop - supporting local to global environmental protection, conservation and restoration through Earth observations

Presentation by Sander Mücher. Download.
Title: A remote sensing monitoring methodology for vegetation structure in the Netherlands

Presentation by Andreas Press. Download.
Title: Improving monitoring schemes by multi-scale remote sensing data

Presentation by Pieter Beck. Download.
Title: Use of hyperspectral and thermal sensors in combination with deep-learning algorithms for vegetation mapping

Presentation by Wojciech Mróz & Katarzyna Kepa. Download.
Title: Drones and satellite data in Natura 2000 monitoring in military areas - Bledowska Desert, Poland

Presentation by Margarita Mulero Pazmany. Download.
Title: Drones and camera traps to study animal trail networks in Doñana National Park

Presentation by Andy Nesbit. Download.
Title: Using DNA based methods for monitoring

Presentation by Ricardo Díaz-Delgado. Download.
Title: Multi-scale remote sensing for the long-term monitoring and conservation of the Doñana LTSER platform

Presentation by Clive Hurford. Download.
Title: Improving the accuracy of bird counts with ImageJ

Presentation by Karel Chobot. Download.
Title: BioLog: a recording app and distributional atlas in your pocket - a Czech approach to reaching citizens

Presentation by Arno Thomaes. Download.
Title: European stag beetle monitoring network: a joint effort works best

Presentation by Mario Álvarez-Cabria, Marta Sainz, Ignacio Pérez-Silos, Edurne Estévez, Alexia González-Ferreras, Tamara Rodríguez, José Manuel Álvarez-Martínez, Ana Salió, Alejandro Goldenberg, Francisco Peñas & José Barquín. Download.
Title: Multiannual monitoring in streams from the Picos de Europa National Park (Northern Spain)

Presentation by Felipe Calleja & Bárbara Ondiviela. Download.
Title: Mapping coastal vegetation with satellite imagery and spectral signatures

Presentation by Juan José Vales Bravo. Download.
Title: Large Forest Fire (LFF) "Las Peñuelas" 2017, Moguer (Huelva Province, Spain). Earth Observation for updating thematic cartography of affected areas. Practice: Community Interest Habitats (CIH).