Birds and insects of De Horsten woodland


This Dutch video, from February 2014, warmer than usual, is about a walk with wildlife ranger Lisette van Pelt through De Horsten woodland in Wassenaar in the Netherlands.

On 29 July 2019, we went there.

Not far from the entrance, a speckled wood butterfly.

We walk along an alley with oak trees on both sides. On some trees, signs say: Warning. Oak processionary caterpillars. De Horsten has a history as royal family hunting estate. Like on many other estates, oak tree rows were planted along roads. This increases the oak processionary caterpillar problem, as the caterpillars can pass easily from one of their oak tree favourites to another one. Alleys with more varied species of trees would help to diminish the oak processionary problem.

Jays calling. Another species attracted by oak trees, as they eat acorns.

Flowers attract painted lady butterflies, large earth bumblebees and hoverflies.

A male chaffinch on the footpath.

Ground-ivy flowering.

So does narrowleaf plantain.

A robin sitting on a fence.

A song thrush on a lawn.

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