Bat research in the Netherlands


This video from the USA says about itself:

3 July 2013

Bat biologist Dr. DeeAnn Reeder gives a quick lesson on bat physiology and anatomy.

In 2013 and 2014, there was bat research in gardens in Utrecht city, Wageningen town and Wijchen town in the Netherlands.

It turned out bats were more common in built up areas than expected.

Common noctules and Nathusius’s pipistrelles turned out to occur in nearly all gardens, even in city centers.

Also rare species turned out to live in urban environments; including soprano pipistrelle, lesser noctule, and parti-coloured bat.

Don’t take wildcats home


This video is called European Wildcats (Felis silvestris silvestris).

Translated from the Dutch ARK conservationists:

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Whoever finds a young cat in the forests of the south of Limburg province should not just take that animal home. It could be a wildcat. Just over the border in Belgium, in Opglabbeek, last weekend, at a shelter for sick and injured wild animals, a young wildcat was brought which earlier had been found in the woods.

Wildcat in shelter

The young cat which arrived in the Natuurhulpcentrum in Opglabbeek two weeks ago had been found by people in the east of Liège province, the transition between the Ardennes and the Eifel mountains, in the center of a forest. The young animal was taken home in the belief that it was a dumped or escaped domestic cat. Because it continued to be aggressive and skittish specialists were contacted who are pretty sure it is a wildcat.

Rare white whales off English coast


This video says about itself:

Filmed by Deb Powis, this is one of two beluga whales spotted off Warkworth Beach, Northumberland on Monday August 31st 2015. A single beluga was first sighted in the area on the day before.

From the BBC:

Rare Beluga whales spotted off Northumberland coast

2 September 2015

Two rare beluga whales have been spotted off the Northumberland coast.

The Arctic whales were spotted in the sea off the coast of Warkworth beach on Monday by tourist Steve Powis.

He said he watched the animals from the coastline for an hour and he knew they were “quite obviously” belugas when he saw their distinctive white colouring and bulbous head.

Kathy James, sightings officer for Sea Watch Foundation, said it was a “surprise” to hear of the sightings.

Belugas are normally found at least 2,000 miles to the north, either around Greenland or in the Barents Sea.

In August, a beluga whale was sighted off the County Antrim coast near Dunseverick.

In 30 years there have only been 17 records of belugas in Britain and Ireland, the Sea Watch Foundation said.

Bat tower in the Netherlands not torn down


Bat tower in Klarenbeek, the Netherlands

Today, regional broadcaster Omroep Gelderland reports about a tower in Klarenbeek village. Marten Brascamp built this tower in his garden in 2011, with permission of local authorities.

However, when it turned out the tower was for housing bats, authorities rescinded the permit, and ordered that the tower should be torn down.

A judge ruled in favour of Marten Brascamp.

Today, the Council of State affirmed that decision.

Good news for the many brown long-eared bats living in the tower.

This is a brown long-eared bat video from Sweden.

Young roe deer drinking their mother’s milk


This video shows young roe deer drinking their mother’s milk near Lettele village, in Overijssel province in the Netherlands.

Hans Wolters made the video.