Reptilian-amphibian highway under Dutch road


These three videos are about making a wildlife crossing in the Netherlands.

Translated from Dutch daily Trouw today:

Herpetoduct in the Veluwe

Under the provincial road N310 between Elspeet and Nunspeet, a herpetoduct has been built. A herpetoduct is a tunnel for beetles, snakes and other reptiles, amphibians and insects. The herpetoduct in the Veluwe is the first of its kind in the Netherlands, the province and the municipality Nunspeet, who paid the construction, said.

Reptiles and amphibians needs tunnels with daylight. There also should be no difference between the temperature inside the tunnel and outside. The tunnel builders have solved this by building an underpass under the road, which has a roof only where the road and bike paths cross the tunnel. Conservation organization RAVON has advised the builders on the construction of the herpetoduct.

The tunnel for reptiles and amphibians under the N310 has become so big that even sheep can pass through. That’s fine, according to the local authority of Nunspeet, because the busy Veluwe road separates two parts of the Elspeter Heath. The heath is a big sheep grazing area, where the sheep will now be able to cross safely as well.

The province of Gelderland has plans to build more herpetoducts on the Ginkel Heath near Ede. The province was also the first one in the Netherlands to have a wildlife bridge built across the A50 highway. Meanwhile, there are more nature bridges, and also over a hundred badger tunnels under smaller roads.

Dutch reptiles and amphibians in winter: here.

Traffic and mammals in Gelderland: here.

Underpass for bats: here.

Dutch badger tunnel: here.

This is a video about a badger tunnel in Drenthe, the Netherlands.

An animal protection group is urging French authorities to build special crossings to save millions of frogs and toads from being squashed on the country’s roads: here.

Underpasses for Animals Can Make Roadways Safer for Cars and Wildlife: here.

Coluber viridiflavus snakes, mating photo here.

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6 thoughts on “Reptilian-amphibian highway under Dutch road

  1. River Road to close while amphibians mate

    March 11, 2010

    River Road in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area will be closed for several nights over the next few weeks to protect migrating amphibians.

    The earliest closures are expected to occur on Friday and Saturday, said Superintendent John Donahue.

    Every year, there are a few spring nights when warm rains fall and myriad wood frogs, spotted salamanders, spring peepers and other spring-breeding amphibians suddenly feel the ancestral urge to search the environment for prospective mates.

    The trigger for these road closures will be forecasts calling for rain with mild temperatures. Since the amphibians are active principally at night and have completed their treks by dawn, the closures will be between approximately 6 p.m. and 6:30 a.m.

    In the past, motor vehicles have taken a massive toll of these species causing impacts on the breeding population.

    For the eighth year in a row, the DWGNRA will protect migrating amphibians by closing River Road in Middle Smithfield Township from park headquarters south to a point north of Shawnee on the mild, rainy nights. This action also offers a rare opportunity for the public to view this special moment in our surrounding environment.

    Gates at the Hialeah picnic area on the southern end of River Road within the park, and at headquarters near the intersection of Hidden Lake Road and River Road to the north, will be closed and locked. Drivers who skirt these gates are subject to fines of $50 to $150, at a minimum. Injuries to the public from that action is a criminal offense.

    http://www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100311/NEWS/3110326/-1/NEWS01

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