This video is about beavers in Limburg province in the Netherlands.
Here is the Internet site of a webcam at a beaver lodge in the Biesbosch nature reserve in the Netherlands.
The webcam will start to work in a few days’ time.
This video is called Confusion at the European White Stork Nest.
Recently, the white storks which nested last year on the town hall of Gennep in the Netherlands, have returned to their nest from migration in Africa.
There is a webcam watching this nest.
The webcam is here.
This video says about itself:
Nov 26, 2010
Dendrocopos medius, Middle Spotted Woodpecker, Tammitikka, First record in Finland, Asikkala.
Translated from the Dutch SOVON ornithologists:
Middle spotted woodpecker increasing
Friday, December 21, 2012
The middle spotted woodpecker is still making serious headway in our country. In the east of the Netherlands this species has by now benefited for more than fifteen years from the expansion and aging of deciduous forests. In 2012 in Twente and Limburg together 303 territories were reported by counters of Sovon Vogelonderzoek Netherlands.
The middle spotted woodpecker has for a long time been on a steady rise. This started about fifteen years ago from the forests of South Limburg. The woodpeckers benefit from the aging of deciduous forests, particularly older oak trees are favourites. Changes in forest management, such as tolerance of dead or dying wood, are in favour of the woodpecker. In early spring in more and more places people can hear the plaintive cry of this species. The main strongholds are still Limburg and Twente, which in 2011 already had record numbers: 130 and 125 territories. Compared to last year, with 20 new territories Limburg grew to 150, while in Twente 28 new territories were noted. These numbers are promising for the rest of the Netherlands, of which not all data are known yet. In 2011, almost 360 territories were counted in the whole country.
Also in neighbouring countries middle spotted woodpeckers are doing well. Undoubtedly, we have our expansion due to the expanding populations across our borders. Thus in Wallonia there already are over 4200 breeding pairs and just across the German border nesting goes well too. It seems only a matter of time before the appropriate forest areas in the center and north of the Netherlands will be conquered by the middle spotted woodpeckers.
Translated from daily Het Laatste Nieuws in Belgium:
Rare mushroom discovered on wild boar carcass in Dutch Limburg
Edited by: Anneleen De Vel
21/10/12 – 8:42 Source: belga.be
In national park De Meinweg in the Dutch province of Limburg, the Hebeloma birrus fungus has been found, a rare and endangered mushroom. Really special is that the mushroom is growing on the remains of a wild boar. Website natuurbericht.nl reports this.
In June, a female wild boar went to her final resting place in a secluded spot in the Limburg nature. The animal was put there as part of the initiative Death gives Life, where carcasses become part of the food chain so that other animals can live again. Nature organizations hope this will lead to the return of rare scavengers.
This video shows two carrion crows on the dead boar.
An earlier dead boar attracted a griffon vulture.
More than three months later, very little was left of the cadaver-thanks to crows, carrion flies and beetles-, but there were some conspicuous mushrooms. Among them was Hebeloma birrus. It is known as ‘endangered’. Between 2000 and 2007, the species declined by 75 percent compared to the period 1900-1983.
Carcasses in nature ensure a rapid and strong increase of nutrients in the soil. Especially organisms like mushrooms benefit.
Translated from the Dutch of the YouTube text of this video:
Bocholt, October 3, 2012 – For the first time in over 150 years, a European wildcat has surfaced in Flanders. A volunteer of Natuurpunt has succeeded in filming the animal with a camera trap in the nature reserve Smeetshof in Bocholt, a vast area owned by Natuurpunt in Limburg province. It’s the second time this year that a spectacular animal shows up in the Smeetshof. In the spring scientists from the University of Antwerp managed to film an otter there.
See also here.
Wild cat in the Netherlands: here.
- Last Sunday (thinkonlythisofme.wordpress.com)
This video says about itself:
In August 2011, The Sticky Tongue Project team went in search of the Viviparous lizard (Zootoca vivipara), also known as the Common lizard, in Southern Limburg, The Netherlands.
This very small and very quick lizard actually lives farther north than any other reptile species, with its range extending throughout Europe and Asia, and even north of the Arctic Circle. This can be a locally abundant species. Unfortunately, populations have locally declined in parts of its range, including The Netherlands. The lowland populations in Italy are almost extinct.
You can read more here.
This video is about mosasaurs.
Translated from Dutch news agency ANP:
Gigantic fossil found in Maastricht
In the marl quarry near cement factory ENCI in Maastricht a huge fossil has been found. The monster is from the age of dinosaurs. The local Natural History Museum and the ENCI said so in Maastricht this Wednesday.
A spokeswoman for the museum refused to say on Wednesday which prehistoric animal this concerns. She referred to a press conference Thursday in the ENCI quarry.
The museum says this is a “special find”. It is unclear yet whether this is a finding comparable to the mosasaur, found in Maastricht many years ago.
Maastricht was 65 million years ago covered by a shallow sea, the habitat of this ‘Tyrannosaurus of the sea’.
UPDATE: the fossil turned out to be a mosasaur. See here.
In July 2012, a griffon vulture from southern Europe visited the Sint Pietersberg mountain near Maastricht, a border area of Belgium and the Netherlands.
First, there the bird ate a boar which had been killed by traffic.
As the video here shows, after that, the griffon vulture ate a roe buck, also a road victim.
On 29 July, the vulture left the Sint Pietersberg mountain.
Dutch ravens on dead animals: here.
This is a video about hoopoes feeding chicks in their nest.
The Dutch SOVON ornithologists report that a couple of rare hoopoes has nested successfully this summer in a nature reserve in the north of Limburg province.
1995 had been the last time of a succesful hoopoe nest in the Netherlands.
This Dutch video with English subtitles is called Dutch Catholic Church Exposed by Deetman Commission of Inquiry (Dec. 2011).
Translated from NOS Teletext in the Netherlands:
“Friar suspect in deaths in Heel“
Update: Friday, June 29, 2012, 02:22
A friar at the boarding school St. Joseph in Heel is possibly involved in the death of 19 boys in the early 50′s. So says the Justice Department after an investigation into the deaths.
The investigation was started after the Deetman commission which investigated sexual abuse in the Catholic Church could not find an explanation for the high number of deceased boys in the boarding school.
According to the Justice Department, a witness says that Brother Andreas then used to give seriously ill boys morphine overdoses. A doctor at St. Joseph is said to have been involved in this as well. The case is superannuated by now, the public prosecutor says.