Svalbard Arctic terns in love

Arctic tern, Longyearbyen, Svalbard, 6 June 2013

6 June 2013. After yesterday, today just east of Longyearbyen village centre on Spitsbergen. Like yesterday, Arctic terns there at the lagoon.

Longyearbyen, Svalbard, eastern buildings

The buildings of the eastern suburb of Longyearbyen reflect in the lagoon water.

Arctic terns, Longyearbyen, Svalbard, 6 June 2013

The Arctic terns, recently back from their long journey from the Antarctic, don’t have nests yet.

Arctic tern couple, Longyearbyen, Svalbard, 6 June 2013

But they already have courtship flights.

Arctic tern couple flying, Longyearbyen, Svalbard, 6 June 2013

Arctic tern couple still flying, Longyearbyen, Svalbard, 6 June 2013

We continue, to Adventdalen valley in the east. As we pass the eider duck colony, an Arctic skua lands.

London museum gets wildlife garden roof

This video is called Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England.

From Wildlife Extra:

V & A Museum to get a wildlife garden roof

The world’s greatest museum of art and design gets a new roof for wildlife

March 2013. Wildlife charity Buglife – The Invertebrate Conservation Trust, are due to start work on a Living Roof project at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in central London this spring.

Thanks to funding from Western Riverside Environment Fund – a partnership between Western Riverside Waste Authority and Groundwork UK, an area of the existing roof will be transformed into a wildflower meadow to provide food and shelter for wildlife including bees, butterflies and moths.

Clare Dinham, Buglife Brownfields Stepping Stones Officer, said “Creating a green space on the roof of a building in central London provides insects with a lifeline of food and shelter. Pollinating insects are in decline due to habitat loss so we hope to use the Living Roof on the high profile V&A as a flagship for other buildings, encouraging more people to get involved”.

In 2012, Buglife with support from the Green Roof Consultancy, produced the UK’s first living roof guidance report including details on why and how to create a living roof for wildlife, after creating a number of Living Roofs across London. The V&A Living Roof will be another vital habitat stepping stone for wildlife in the city.

Range of habitats for insects

The roof will boast a wildflower meadow with nectar and pollen rich plants, areas of bare ground for invertebrates to bask and burrow as well as piles of deadwood for mini-beasts to shelter and feed upon.

The new roof will be monitored by wildlife experts this summer as part of wider research to identify which invertebrates are using the roof. Previous studies on Living Roofs in central London have recorded many species of beetles, flies and bees including the nationally rare Brown-banded carder bee (Bombus humilis).

The Living Roof at the V&A will be designed by The Green Roof Consultancy. Dusty Gedge of Green Roof Consultancy said “We hope that installing a green roof on such an iconic building in central London will raise the profile of these important urban habitats for wildlife. The Living Roof will also include wetland features and we will be recording the species that use these areas, an under-recorded habitat on green roofs.”

Steve Hyde, Head of Estates for the V&A said: “The Museum is very excited about this project and it fits well with our on-going sustainability programmes and initiatives”.

Amsterdam Van Gogh museum reopening with new exhibition

This video, recorded in the Netherlands, says about itself:

April 29, 2013

The anniversary exhibition ‘Van Gogh at work’ shows many of Vincent van Gogh’s outstanding works to mark the conclusion of eight years research into the artist’s methods.


Van Gogh museum on target for May re-opening with jubilee show

Tuesday 02 April 2013

Work on refurbishing the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam has now been completed and the building is now being fitted out for the jubilee exhibition Van Gogh at Work, which will open on May 1, 2013, the museum authorities said on Tuesday.

The new show commemorates 160 years since the painter’s birth and marks the conclusion of seven years of research into Van Gogh‘s methods.

The refurbishment project has taken just seven months. Major works from the collection are on display at the Hermitage Museum on the Amstel river until April 25, pending the re-opening.

‘Against all expectations, we were even able to seize the opportunity to refurbish the floors, walls and ceilings so the building looks fresh again,’ said the museum’s new managing director Adriaan Dönszelmann.

Heat storage

The project involved installing a modern and sustainable air conditioning installation that allows the right climatic conditions to be set per room. A 160-metre-deep well was dug under the museum for heat and cold storage, collecting warmth in the summer and releasing it to heat the building in winter.

The roof has also been completely replaced and given extra insulation. In total, 2,300 m² of parquet flooring was renewed, 4,300 m² of ceiling replaced and 11,000 m² of walls painted, the museum said in a statement.

The newly refurbished Rijksmuseum is due to reopen later this month after a 10-year closure.

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