Chinese abandoned village reclaimed by nature

This 9 November 2018 video says about itself:

The Abandoned Chinese Village that Nature Reclaimed

A deserted Chinese village called Houtouwan becomes completely overrun by vegetation, an urban world overrun by nature. The effect is so surreal that tourists from all over China stop by for a look.


Fungi in Northern Ireland, video

This 9 November 2018 video says about itself:

Fungi are mostly hidden from view, but they are all around us. Neither plants or animal, they play an important in ecosystems, acting as recyclers or partnering with plants in mutually beneficial relationships.

Autumn is one of the best times to spot fungi. This is when many produce their spore-containing fruiting bodies. These can take the familiar mushroom form, or more unusual shapes such as brackets.

In this 360° film, join Sophie Atkinson from the Natural Trust at Springhill House in Northern Ireland. With the help of members of the Cookstown Wildlife Trust, she leads a fungi walk through the grounds of the house.

Fungus gnat lays eggs on mushroom

This 9 November 2011 video shows a fungus gnat laying eggs on a mushroom.

The larvae of these relatives of mosquitoes will feed on the fungus when they will hatch.

Bertie Sijbrands made this video in the Oisterwijkse vennen nature reserve in the Netherlands.

Ice age giant deer, what did they eat?

This 2015 video is called Channel: 4 Extinct: The Irish Elk. This species is also called giant deer.

Today, Dutch Rijnmond TV reports about a 42,000 year old giant deer molar.

It is from the last ice age, a time when the North Sea was still a plain, where, eg, giant deer grazed. In the Netherlands now, North Sea sand is used to build the Zandmotor, an artificial island to prevent flooding.

In the Zandmotor sand, someone recently found that deer molar, and brought it to the natural history museum in Rotterdam. There, scientists discovered there were Ice Age plant rests on that molar.

Eg, remains of Artemisia plants were found on the molar. That is not a plant which covered a large part of the land during the Ice Age, but it does contain a lot of calcium. “That is exactly what one needs to build up enormous antlers”, says [paleontologist] Mol.

So far, paleontologists had never paid attention to plant rests on giant deer fossils. Meanwhile, 30-40 other giant deer molars with plant rests have been discovered in the Rotterdam museum collection.

Maybe other museums will start to investigate their collections as well, to find out what exactly giant deer ate.

An English language (not so good, Google mechanical translation) article by the Rotterdam museum about the Zandmotor molar discovery is here.

The scientific report, Giant deer (Megaloceros giganteus) diet from Mid‐Weichselian deposits under the present North Sea inferred from molar‐embedded botanical remains, was published here.

Fly agarics, chaffinches and swans

This 2016 video from Britain is called Amanita muscaria, The Fly Agaric.

Today, a walk from ‘s-Graveland to Hilversum.

Beautiful fly agarics along the road in ‘s-Graveland.

A mute swan couple with their youngsters.

In the Spanderswoud forest, many chaffinches.

In a meadow next to the Corversbos, a grey heron and an Egyptian goose couple.

A robin sings.