Wall lizard on Texel island


This is a wall lizard video from Italy.

Translated from Ecomare museum on Texel island in the Netherlands:

Lizard discovered on Texel – 26-08-14

There are no lizards on Texel. So, Texel man Hans van Garderen looked surprised when he found one in his home in Den Burg town. The animal was missing part of his tail, but looked healthy overall. He sent pictures of his special discovery to Ecomare biologist Pierre Bonnet. To find out which type it was precisely, Bonnet asked experts in the field of reptiles. According to RAVON staff member Annemarie van Diepenbeek it’s probably a young wall lizard.

Stony environment

Wall lizards are found in rocky environments in France and neighboring countries in southern Europe. In the Netherlands this species lives in one place, in Maastricht. Texel is not a suitable habitat for a wall lizard. They love a stony environment and not all that sand! Sand lizards do live on Terschelling and Vlieland, and on Terschelling, also the viviparous lizard. These species would also be able to live on Texel, but then you would expect them in the dunes, not in a house in Den Burg!

Alone or more of them

To find out whether this is a lone adventurer or whether there might be a population living on the island, Pierre advised Hans to also look in the garden. Among the stones he turned were there plenty of smooth newts, but no lizards. How the wall lizard came to Den Burg is unknown. It was probably taken along by people accidentally. Maybe it hitched a ride from a French campsite.

Three bug species discovered, new for Texel island


This video is called True Bugs.

Today, warden Erik van der Spek, on Texel island in the Netherlands, writes about bugs.

Recently, biologists discovered three species, new for the island, of this insect group, .

Temnostehus pusillus was found in the Bollekamer nature reserve, in the western dunes.

Rhacognathus punctatus, the heather bug, was discovered in the Horspolder, in the south of Texel.

Cyphostethus tristriatus, juniper shield bug, was found on a juniper shrub in the sand dunes.

This brings the number of Texel bug species to 313; about half of all bug species in the whole Netherlands.

Bugs photos: here.

Barnacles found on Texel island


This video from South Africa is called Learn about Barnacles and Crabs with marine biologist Judy Mann.

Ecomare museum on Texel island in the Netherlands reports about barnacles.

After storm from the south-west on 17 and 18 August 2014, many barnacles beached on Texel.

Not only Lepas anatifera, smooth gooseneck barnacle, a common species, but also two less common species: Lepas pectinata and buoy barnacle.

Rare bees not rare on Texel island


This video from the USA is called A huge Sand Bee colony near Palmdale, California.

Warden Erik van der Spek on Texel island in the Netherlands reports about a bee species, which is rare in the Netherlands as a whole.

Andrena argentata sand bees, however, are not rare in the sand dunes of Texel. Sometimes, there are colonies of thousands of individuals.

Stoats on Texel island


This video from England says about itself:

Mad Stoat – Crazy dance

A Stoat at Pulborough Brooks, West Sussex doing the ‘mad dance’. It’s thought that they do this to confuse prey, but they just seem to have amazing fun.

Just watch him go!

Texel is the only island in the Dutch Wadden sea where stoats live, local Ecomare museum reports.

They are the biggest carnivorous mammal of the island.

They feed mainly on voles.

Meadow brown, other Texel butterflies


This is a meadow brown butterfly video.

Warden Erik van der Spek reports about butterflies on Texel island in the Netherlands.

The meadow brown is the most numerous Texel species.

Also, some close relatives live on the island: speckled wood, wall brown butterfly, small heath, ringlet (seen occasionally), marbled white and grayling.

Minke whale saved near Texel island


This video is about the minke whale near Texel today, before it was saved. Photos are here. And here.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Man rescues whale near Texel

Saturday Aug 2 2014, 16:22 (Update: 02-08-14, 19:23)

In the Marsdiep estuary near Texel today a nine meter long minke whale, trapped in a fishing net, was rescued. Nearby boats tried to help the animal, but as bad weather was expected, they decided to sail back.

Peter Gompelman, with his fast boat for trips in the Wadden Sea area, stayed behind and came floating, with the engine off, close to the whale. “I saw that fishnet so close and grabbed it to see what would happen,” says Gompelman.

“Strong jerk”

The animal resisted a little, but the boat owner continued to hold on to the net. After a strong jerk by the minke whale it was free. Then the whale swam away.

Gompelman says he was not afraid of the animal. He thinks that the whale wanted him to save it and therefore it came so close.