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.
This video is about a white stork feeding.
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.
This video is about a house martin nest on a flat in Poland.
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.
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.
This video says about itself:
Saving the Sociable Lapwing
18 June 2009
According to one observer, this is an adult in summer plumage, molting.
This video is about mute swans in nature reserve De Grote Vilt in the Netherlands in 2010.
Translated from the Dutch AQUON hydrobiologists:
Monday, May 12, 2014
In the nature reserve Grote Vilt in East Brabant, the water mite Lebertia oblonga has been found, a new species for the Netherlands. At the Grote Vilt, measures were taken in 2010 to improve water quality and ecological quality of the water in the area. Now, several years later, the measures appear to have an effect. The water quality has indeed improved. The water has become less nutritious and more and more unusual species are found: the new water mite and rare pioneer species including rare nonbiting midges, bugs and water beetles.