Mute swan feeding, video


This video shows a mute swan feeding on water fern.

The video was made near Griendtsveen (Limburg province).

Jos Vroegrijk made the video.

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Dutch wildcat on video for the first time


This is a video of a wildcat in Limburg province in the Netherlands.

After a long absence, this rare species is coming back to the Netherlands from Belgium and Germany. This is the first Dutch video about the wildcat’s return.

See also here.

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Diocese knew already for months on Bishop Gijsen’s child abuse


This music video is a song against Bishop Gijsen written in 1979, as performed in 1981, by Dutch rock band Disease.

Translated from site nu.nl in the Netherlands:

The diocese of Roermond knew already on February 11 this year that former Bishop Jo Gijsen had abused children when he was chaplain in South Limburg. The diocese covered up this information all the time.

More about this here.

Dutch government condemns diocese on this: here.

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Bronze age bracelet discovery in the Netherlands


Bronze age bracelet, photo by Limburgs Museum

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Palette bracelet found from Bronze Age

Tuesday 8 April 2014, 22:03 (Update: 09-04-14, 08:05 AM)

An amateur archaeologist has found a palette bracelet from the late Bronze Age (1000-800 BC) in Limburg province. Palette bracelets from this time are rare. In the Netherlands there had never previously been found one, though some were in Belgium and France.

The man found the object during a years-long search on a field in the municipality of Echt-Susteren. In total he found 85 objects in the ground: bracelets, rings, beads and wire in a spiral shape. The Limburg Museum aquired them last year.

The museum assumes that the objects were buried as offerings or to keep them out of the hands of an enemy.

Restored

It is not certain whether the jewelry was used as a bracelet. It may also have been worn on an ankle.

The museum has restored the items. From May 3 on, people will be able to see them in the museum.

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Stag beetles fighting, video


This is a video about two male stag beetles fighting near Bingelrade in Limburg province in the Netherlands.

Ien Rutten made the video.

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Good eagle owl news from the Netherlands


This video is called BBC – Natural World – Return Of The Eagle Owl.

Translated from ARK conservationists in the Netherlands:

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

In Limburg this year a record number of eagle owls has been found. During an investigation by ARK Nature Development already fourteen territories of these spectacular owls have been discovered. In 1997, the eagle owl nested for the first time in a limestone quarry near Maastricht. The numbers are growing and the eagle owls are also expanding into woods and sand quarries scattered throughout the province of Limburg.

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Good raven news from the Netherlands


This video shows two ravens and a buzzard, feeding on a dead roe deer in Maasduinen national park in Limburg province in the Netherlands.

About 1870, ravens became extinct in Limburg. Recently, they started nesting there again.

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Wild cats in the Netherlands


This video, recorded in Germany, is about European wild cats.

Three years ago, there was wildlife research with camera traps in Limburg province in the southern Netherlands. Then, no lynxes or wild cats were seen.

In 2013, there was research again. This time, the cameras recorded five wild cats. Once, a hiker found a dead wild cat. No lynxes again.

Animals were attracted to the camera traps by food, like peanut butter or fish oil. Pine martens, beech martens, polecats, red foxes, wild boars and others were seen as well.

See also here.

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New Dutch insect species discovery


New springtail species near grasshopper, photo by André den Ouden

Translated from the Dutch EIS entomologists:

New Dutch species discovered by chance: zebra springtail

Monday, December 23, 2013

Sometimes species new for the Netherlands are discovered by accident. Eg, the zebra springtail. Nature photographer André den Ouden found on a picture of a blue-winged grasshopper a weird little ball. Springtail specialist Matty Berg concluded: a zebra springtail, not previously encountered in the Netherlands.

On July 23, 2013 nature photographer André den Ouden scoured the railway yard of Molenhoek in Limburg, in search of the rare slender blue-winged grasshopper. He failed in his mission, so he made some pictures of the blue-winged grasshopper, which is present in large numbers there.

At home, he saw on one of the pictures a tiny spherical creature at the foot of the grasshopper.

Fasciosminthurus quinquefasciatus is the name of this newly discovered small springtail. Dutch name: zebraspringstaart, zebra springtail, because of its stripes.

Sawfish from dinosaur age discovery


This video is called How the sawfish uses its saw.

Translated from Dutch news agency ANP:

Fossil sawfish snout, a unique discovery

Thursday, December 19, 2013 11:11

In the marl quarry of ENCI in Maastricht the fossil snout, called a rostrum, of a sawfish has been found. To our knowledge this is the first discovery in the world of the rostrum of the species Ganopristis leptodon, Brabants Dagblad daily reports.

The fish lived 66 million years ago.

See also here.