Brook lamprey returns to Dutch stream

This is a brook lamprey video.

The Dutch ichthyologists of RAVON report about the brook lamprey today.

This species needs clean streams. Pollution killed many brook lampreys during the twentieth century in the Dutch province Noord-Brabant.

Recently, water quality improved in many places. This autumn, brook lampreys were reintroduced to the Reusel brook.

Black roe deer, brown roe deer, video

This is a video about a black roe deer and a brown roe deer, in Oosterheide woodland near Teteringen town in the Netherlands.

Luuk de Greef made the video.

Cranes come back to Dutch nature reserve

This video is called common crane (Europe journey).

Translated from Leo Ballering, of the birdwatching society in Uden in the Netherlands:

September 5, 2014

The Palmven lake, restored in 2013 near the Brobbelbies in nature reserve Maashorst in North Brabant turns out to be a magnet for rare birds. Species are seen that are very rare in the region, including long-tailed skua, avocet, Eurasian spoonbill, ruff, dunlin, purple heron and black stork, due to the wetness of the area. Even cranes have stayed overnight again, that had not happened for fifty years. It is intended to purchase the entire area in the coming years and to continue to make it a real wetland.

Middle spotted woodpecker, video

This is a video about a middle spotted woodpecker in Plantloon nature reserve in the Netherlands.

In 1997, this species started to nest again in the Netherlands, and now there are over 100 nesting couples.

Christ Grootzwager made the video.

Ninety white storks take off for migration

This video is about a white stork feeding.

Translated from daily De Stem in Noord Brabant province in the Netherlands today:

HANK – It was an impressive sight this Friday afternoon in Hank: a group of about 90 [white] storks took to the air. First the animals flew a few circles to make height. Then the group flew toward the southeast.

Dutch house martins monitored by brother and sister

This video is about a house martin nest on a flat in Poland.

For the 25th year in a row, house martins are monitored in the Netherlands.

In the area of North Brabant province between Gilze village and the Belgian border, Henk Meeuwsen and his sister Elly have been doing this right from the beginning in 1990.

In their first summer, they counted 463 inhabited house martin nests. This went down to 231 in 1997. After then, things went better for the birds: Henk and Elly predict about 800 to 900 house martin nests this year.

Amphibians, more wildlife benefit from new nature reserve

This video is called British Amphibians – Smooth Newts (Triturus vulgaris).

Dutch RAVON herpetologists report about  a new nature reserve, made in 2009 along the Strijper Aa river in Cranendock local authority in Noord-Brabant province.

Translated from their report:

This is one the richest areas in North Brabant province for amphibians, with nine species living there, including provincially significant populations of spadefoot toad and natterjack toad. Also Alpine newt, smooth newt, common toad, common frog, moor frog, pool frog and edible frog live here. To follow the development of the amphibian populations in 2009 a five-year monitoring project started. …

Not only amphibians benefit from the establishment of the ecological corridor in the area. On the shore of one of the new waters a viviparous lizard was seen, already during the first year. In the waters there are rare plants like lesser marshwort, floating water plantain, fan-leaved water crowfoot, six-stamened waterwort, floating club-rush, water horsetail and marsh St John’s wort. Possibly, they are from the old seed bank of the Pastoorsven [a lake which used to be here]. Red-backed shrikes have nested on the edge of the area and the winter of 2012-2013 brought a great grey shrike wintering in the area. The curlew stayed in the area as well. In addition to more common species like reed bunting and yellow wagtail, skylarks and partridges are breeding there.

The rare southern migrant hawker was seen here in 2011, along with common winter damselfly, Lestes barbarus and scarce blue-tailed damselfly. Besides common butterflies like peacock, whites, gatekeeper and small heath, also the less common Queen of Spain fritillary has been seen foraging in the area.

A more extensive report is here.