Farmer saves baby sand martins


This video from Cornwall in Britain is called Sand Martins at St Gothian Sands.

Translated from Omroep West radio in the Netherlands:

Saviours of martins in Alphen aan den Rijn honoured

28-09-2014 | 21:55

Alphen aan den Rijn – The nature organization IVN has honoured a farming couple from Alphen aan den Rijn for saving a sand martin nest.

The family De Kwaasteniet was proclaimed sand martin friends, and received a special certificate. The farmer discovered in a pile of sand many corridors and holes where the birds were nesting. He left the mound of earth alone and looked for other sand which he could use.

That was not all: the farmer noticed that the swallows were restless from the noise of heavy excavators of the water authority. He filled a ditch in, making it possible for the machines to take a different route. The martins were therefore able to nest in peace. According to the IVN, this is an example to follow.

North American fish in the Netherlands


This video from the USA about Atlantic croakers says about itself:

River fish – Baby Croakers

10 August 2014

Croakers — hundreds of them — are everywhere. They are cute and unfortunately for them, taste good. We let them go.

Translated from Ecomare museum in the Netherlands:

A fish that looks like an Eurasian ruffe and makes a croaking sound can really only be one species; an Atlantic croaker. These fish normally live along the Atlantic coast of North America. Every now and then one is caught in the Netherlands. Until now, they were known from the North Sea and the Marsdiep. On September 9 Jan van Triest of the fishing boat HK17 caught one in the Markermeer lake, near Lelystad. This is the first catch from really fresh water.

Dutch socialists against Iraq war re-start


This video from London, England says about itself:

25 September 2014

Anti-war campaigners protest over the air strikes against IS

Anti-war campaigners gathered outside Downing Street to protest over the air strikes against Islamic State militants in northern Iraq and Syria. Members of the Stop the War coalition held placards and chanted slogans while U.S. planes continued to pound Islamic state positions in Syria. Prime Minister David Cameron said he wanted Britain to join U.S.-led air strikes against the Islamic State militant group after the Iraqi government requested London’s help and he recalled parliament to secure its approval for military action. Britain was quick to join military action in Afghanistan and Iraq a decade ago. But a war-weary public and parliament’s rejection last year of air strikes on Syrian government targets prompted Cameron to proceed cautiously this time and win cross-party support before acting.

Translated from the site of the Socialist Party (the biggest opposition party) in the Netherlands:

Everyone is eager to bomb ISIS. Why not so the SP?

With air strikes one cannot fight terrorism. The ISIS warriors just mingle among the people who will be the victims of the military campaign which now under the leadership of the United States has begun and about which they say that it will last for many years. In addition, the Sunni population will be driven by the air strikes into the arms of ISIS. …

What lessons can we learn from previous Western military interventions?

The main lesson to be learnt is that these interventions only very rarely ever lead to positive results and that Western military interventions often lead to an increase in violence. Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya show that. The violence in these countries is at an unprecedented level.

Jumping fallow deer, video


This is a video about a running and jumping fallow deer, in the Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen nature reserve in the Netherlands.

Erik Neutenboom made the video.

Wasp species, new for the Netherlands, discovered


This is a video about a Leucospis dorsigera wasp at a solitary bee‘s nest.

Translated from the Dutch entomologists of EIS Kenniscentrum Insecten:

Monday, September 22, 2014

On July 23, 2014 nature photographer Adrie van Heerden discovered a Leucospis dorsigera wasp in his garden in Pijnacker. This is the first ever discovery of this species in the Netherlands. This Leucospis dorsigera wasp was probably a parasite on the red mason bees which make their nests in the insect hotels in the garden.