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.


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.

Good Dutch smooth snake news

This is a smooth snake video.

The RAVON herpetologists in the Netherlands report that for the first time since fifty years, smooth snakes have been seen on the Sint Pietersberg mountain near Maastricht.

Compared to other Dutch provinces, there are amphibian species in Limburg which lack elsewhere. On the Sint Pietersberg are also wall lizards not found elsewhere in the Netherlands; and slow worms, which do occur elsewhere. However, there are not as many snakes as in other provinces. Only in the extreme east of Limburg there are a few smooth snakes and grass snakes. To which we can now add the Maastricht smooth snakes, which reproduce.

New Dutch beetle species discovery

In the Dutch province Limburg, Portuguese workers are exploited.

Fortunately, there is also better southern Europe-related news from that province.

Anillus caecus female, Verlengde Winkelberg, photo by Theodoor Heijerman

Translated from the Stichting Bargerveen in the Netherlands, Friday 4 October 2013:

Tiny blind beetle, new for the Netherlands

A new South European ground beetle species has been found in the Netherlands. It is only two millimeters. Eyes and wings are missing and the creature lives underground. In 2012, the first three specimens were caught in Bemelen (south Limburg). This year, it turned out that the beetles live in large parts of the Bemelerberg hills. The journal Entomologische Berichten reports so this week.

While sorting out ground level traps of the Verlengde Winkelberg hill in Bemelen in 2012 a very small (about two millimeters), yellow-brown, eyeless beetle was found. Research by beetle expert Ron Felix concluded this was a male Anillus caecus, a beetle species which had never been found before in the Netherlands.

In 2013 there was more research in the Bemelerberg hills about the local distribution of this beetle. In total, another five individuals were caught at different locations. This justifies the assumption that the species is actually present in a large part of the Bemelerberg hills. …

This southern European beetle is known from the southwest of France. Observations are from the northern slopes of the Pyrenees to central France. …

How these blind, wingless beetles have managed to reach the Netherlands is difficult to say. The most obvious cause may be that humans brought them, for example, with vines from southern France. However, the possibility of a natural population cannot be completely ruled out. This beetle species has a very cryptic, subterranean lifestyle about which almost nothing is known.

Recently, a beetle species, new for Flanders, was discovered as well.