Pine marten in tree video

This 4 July 2017 video is about a pine marten in a tree. They prefer to live in undisturbed forests, and eat mainly mice.

Dick Kuiperij made this video in the Vragenderveen nature reserve, part of the Korenburgerveen, in the Achterhoek region in the Netherlands.

Dutch Naardermeer pine martens: here.

Hornets wake up from hibernation, video

This video was made by Ab Wisselink, on 3 December 2015, near Mariënvelde village (Achterhoek region, the Netherlands). Mr Wisselink was photographing fungi. When he lifted an old piece of wood, he unintentionally woke up two hornets from their hibernation. They reacted rather sluggishly. After making the video, Ab Wisselink put the piece of wood back again.

Dutch and Irish partridge news, good and bad

This video says about itself:

RTÉ – Living the Wildlife – Irish Grey Partridge Conservation Trust – Part 1

1 January 2013

Some may say that big Irish families are a thing of the past, but nobody has told the Grey Partridge. With up to 25 chicks they have one of the biggest families in the bird world. This didn’t keep them from becoming the rarest resident bird in the country. By 2002 there were only 7 pairs left in Ireland. Changing farm practices and over zealous shooting meant the grey partridge was on the verge of extinction.

The NPWS and the Irish Grey Partridge Conservation Trust decided to do something about this and the result was one of the most successful conservation projects in Europe. Kieran Buckley is the project manager and he has an eclectic crew helping him with his daily work. Colin goes along to meet the team and we follow their work for a breeding season.

Some really amazing things happen where orphaned partridge chicks are fostered by a bantam hen and the Minister for The Environment John Gormley arrives to release some birds back in to the wild. As a result of the conservation project the Boora Parklands are a treasure trove of different birds and animals and Colin gets his camera out to show us.

Translated from BirdLife in the Netherlands:

Partridge makes comeback in the Achterhoek region

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

The beautiful farmland bird, the grey partridge, was until the mid-twentieth century seen frequently. From the population of several hundred thousand now less than 10,000 couples are left. And we are in danger of losing these last partridges. But we can turn the tide. In Aalten they prove they can: from 3 to 34 couples!

Nesting cranes back after a century

This is a crane video.

Translated from Natuurmonumenten conservation organisation in the Netherlands:

May 19, 2015, 12:30

A unique event: for the first time in at least 100 years a crane couple breeds in the Korenburgerveen nature reserve, near Winterswijk.

Snail passes tree frog, video

Ab Wisselink from the Netherlands, the maker of this video, writes about it (translated):

On May 13 [2015], I photographed a tree frog sitting sunbathing on a blackberry bush in a new nature reserve of the State Forestry in Halle-Heide (Achterhoek region).

From the right underside a snail entered the picture, crawling, and passed the tree frog, neatly according to the traffic rules on the left side. The frog moved aside a bit, but otherwise let it happen quietly, and the snail seemed to have no trouble finding its way with between the sharp blackberry thorns. Wonderful to experience!

Eagle-owls on webcam again

This 19 January 2015 video is about an Eurasian eagle-owl couple, which will very probably nest again in the Achterhoek region in the Netherlands.

You can watch them here on a webcam.

Triassic fossil reptile discovery in Dutch museum

This video says about itself:

21 March 2013

An overview of reptiles found in Triassic marine ecosystems.

Translated from daily De Gelderlander in the Netherlands:

Prehistoric marine reptile from Winterswijk ‘discovered’

January 9, 2015

ENSCHEDE WINTERSWIJK – Researchers from the Universities of Bonn and Zurich have recently ‘discovered’ a placodont in the collection of Museum TwentseWelle. The remains of the marine reptile were found in the late 1980’s in the quarry in Winterswijk by Gerben Diepenbroek from Varsseveld.

Diepenbroek gave his collection in 2008 to the museum in Enschede. Since then the collection is a subject of investigation by various universities in Europe.

According to Dennis Nieweg, nature department curator of TwentseWelle, it is a very special discovery. “Worldwide but a few placodonts are known.”

245 million years

The placodont is a marine reptile that lived some 245 million years ago in shallow waters, ”grazing’ seabeds looking for small animals such as sea urchins and crabs. According to Nieweg the discovery of this placodont improves our understanding of how the Netherlands was like 245 million years ago. The region around Winterswijk was under water then and was part of an inland sea covering the Netherlands.

The fossil remains of this sea reptile are again in Enschede after all investigations. Museum TwentseWelle shows them in a special showcase.