2015, year of the starling and wall plants


This video is about a starling murmuration in the Netherlands.

2015 is not just the Year of Vincent van Gogh. And the Year of the Penny Bun for mycologists. And the Year of the Goat in the Chinese calendar (starting on 19 February). And the Year of the Badger for mammalogists. And the Year of the Adder for herpetologists. And the Year of the Ghost Spider for arachnologists.

2015 is the Year of the Starling as well. The starling had already been Bird of the Year in the Netherlands in 2014. Things are not going well for this species. So, Dutch ornithologists have decided that the starling is Bird of the Year in 2015 too.

The Dutch FLORON botanists have decided that 2015 will be the year of plants growing on walls. If walls are restored, then often the habitats for ferns or flowering plants growing on these walls is damaged. FLORON hopes that this year will bring more attention to the needs of those plants.

This video is about ivy-leaved toadflax (Cymbalaria muralis), a species growing on walls.

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