Rare mosses discovery in Dutch Brabant


This video says about itself:

This is part two of my guide to mosses and other bryophytes. Part two provides a general introduction to mosses and how to identify them.

Translated from the Dutch BLWG bryologists:

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

In West Brabant there is a special forest reserve, the estate Mattemburgh. The forest on the estate was planted in 1880. For many decades, there has been no management in the forest, so many fallen trees are found there. On the rotting wood moss experts of KNNV Roosendaal found last year three nationally rare mosses: rustwort, Silesian feather-moss and Riccardia latifrons. Riccardia latifrons is very rare and was so far only known from forests in the Veluwe region.

Walking through the forest, one sees a wilderness of mushrooms, ferns and blueberries. But particularly striking are the many fallen and dead trees, especially pines. Recently, they attracted many mosses.

Cuckoo couple back from Africa, video


This 21 April 2015 video is about a cuckoo couple, just returned from Africa to Ecotourist farm De Biezen in Aarle-Rixtel village in Noord-Brabant province in the Netherlands.

The video shows first the female cuckoo, then the male. It also features a blackbird and a robin.

Good spadefoot toad news


This video is about a young common spadefoot toad; Poland, spring 2014.

Dutch Vroege Vogels radio reports about European common spadefoot toads.

This species was in danger of becoming extinct in the Netherlands. To prevent that, there was captive breeding in Nijmegen city. In 2012, hundreds of youngsters, bred in Nijmegen, were freed around Nuland village in Noord-Brabant province.

Spadefoot toads are doing well in the garden of Ignas van Bebber in Nuland. This week, he counted seventeen calling males and eleven spawn strings.

First curlew nest of spring


First curlew nest of 2015 in Noord-Brabant province

Jochem Sloothaak reports on Twitter that this morning at 11 pm the first curlew nest of Noord-Brabant province in the Netherlands has been found by Nan Visser in the Schijndelse Heide nature reserve (see photo).

On 10 March 2015, Noord-Brabant’s first northern lapwing egg had already been found; also on the Schijndelse Heide.

Kingfisher catches fish, video


This video is about a kingfisher catching a fish.

Rob Van Thienen made it on 19 September 2011 from the hide in nature reserve Demerbroeken in Belgium.

Nuthatch searches for food, video


This video is about a nuthatch, searching for insect food in a tree in Drunen in the Netherlands.

Frank Bos made the video.

Red squirrel in tawny owls’ nestbox, video


Before the tawny owl couple of my earlier blog post started nesting in their nestbox in Oisterwijk in the Netherlands, a red squirrel visited that box; as seen in the video here.

Squirrels And Snowballs Will Make You Love Winter Again: here.