Dutch bird, mammal and caterpillar news


This video is about black terns in the Netherlands.

Dutch conservation organisation Zuid-Hollands Landschap, in their annual report about 2013, mention not only birds of the Zandmotor island, but also birds and other wildlife elsewhere.

In their nature reserves in the Krimpenerwaard region, numbers of black tern nests rose to 76 last year.

In the Zouweboezem reserve, purple heron nests rose from 149 in 2012 to 152 in 2013.

On the Groene Strand beach on Voorne island, there were 284 nesting black-headed gull couples. Figures for other species there: common tern: 196; redshank: 4; ringed plover: 3; little ringed plover: 6; avocet: 17; oystercatcher: 7.

In the sand dunes of Goeree island, more to the south, rare tundra voles were discovered. Other small mammal species in those dunes: wood mouse; common shrew; and greater white-toothed shrew.

In the Voorhofsche polder, near Waddinxveen, in 2013 there were 45 black-tailed godwit nests; 34 northern lapwing nests; and 12 redshank nests. Common terns and tufted ducks nested there as well.

And in Staelduin nature reserve, a caterpillar was found of the rare sycamore moth.

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Dutch coastal birds news


This is a Dutch video about the artificial sandy island Zandmotor, in the North Sea, south-west of The Hague.

In their annual report about 2013, Dutch conservation organisation Zuid-Hollands Landschap reports about the Zandmotor.

Two little ringed plover couples nested there last year.

Among species in winter there were snow bunting, peregrine falcon, Iceland gull and red-breasted merganser.

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Sexual abuse by nuns in the Netherlands


This video from Australia says about itself:

Sexual Abuse is in the DNA of Catholic Church – ABC News / Lateline

27 February 2013

Former monk and priest, and now advocate for victims of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, Patrick J Wall, says sexual abuse of children has been part of the culture of the Catholic Church as far back as 60 AD and despite constant attempts by the Popes to curtain the problem, it has never been snuffed out.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Abuse by nuns recognized less often

Update: Tuesday 22 April 2014, 12:33

Sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church by women is recognized relatively less often than abuse by men. The commission for reporting sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church received a total of 59 complaints. In 8 of the 22 completed cases so far, the complaint was upheld.

Half of all cases involved just one perpetrator. The hotline says that makes it more difficult to decide in these cases. Among the victims were not only boys and girls but also other nuns.

Given the large number of women in the church, they have caused relatively few casualties, said the hotline.

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Second beaver lodge on Tiengemeten island


This video is called How Beavers Build a Lodge – BBC Animals.

Dutch conservation organisation Natuurmonumenten reports that this year, beavers have built a second lodge on Tiengemeten, an island which is a nature reserve.

Last year, beavers built their first lodge on Tiengemeten.

Beavers had become extinct in the Netherlands in 1826. In 1988, they were reintroduced.

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Northern lapwing inspires music composer


This video is about a northern lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) at its nest.

Today on Dutch radio, for the first time a new piece of music by composer Henk Doeke Odinga was played.

This composition, for piano and clarinet, is about northern lapwings.

Both the sound and the movements of these birds inspired Odinga.

The music starts with part of the French national anthem, the Marseillaise. That is because, if there is a harsh winter in the Netherlands, lapwings migrate south to France.

You can listen to the music here.

You can download the music here.

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Young squirrels playing, video


This is a video about young red squirrels playing.

The video was recorded in Henni van der Zanden’s garden in the Netherlands.

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White storks walking in busy traffic, video


This is a video about a white stork couple walking together in the Netherlands, while busy traffic passes.

Fadime Uzun made the video.

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Dutch eagle owl nest webcam


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

This year, Dutch eagle owls nested at a different spot than in earlier years. So, the webcam at the usual spot did not register much.

However, now there is a new webcam, closer to the new nest site. It is here.

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Wren singing, video


This video is about a wren singing in the Netherlands.

Tet56 made the video.

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