Autumn wildlife of the Veluwe region

This 8 October 2017 video is about autumn wildlife of the surroundings of Ede town in the Veluwe region in the Netherlands.

Fungi, insects, etc.

Michael de Vries made this video.


Flies’ dinner at mushroom

This 23 November 2017 video from the Netherlands shows flies having dinner at a common stinkhorn mushroom.

This way, the fungus’ spores stick to the flies’ legs, spreading them.

Veluwe fungi and birds

Fungi, 12 November 2017

Still 12 November 2017 in the Veluwe. After the stream and clouded agaric mushrooms in the morning, we went to Het Loo again in the afternoon. Where we saw fungi like these ones …

Fungi on branch, 12 November 2017

… and these ones (probably Trametes ochracea) …

Orange fungi, 12 November 2017

… and these orange ones …

Fungi and lichen, 12 November 2017

… and these ones, sharing a branch with lichens.

We hear nuthatch sound.

Candlesnuff fungi, 12 November 2017

Small candlesnuff fungi.

Sulphur tufts, 12 November 2017

And somewhat bigger sulphur tuft fungi.

Sulphur tufts, on 12 November 2017

On the forest floor, we could see wild boar have been digging.

Tinder fungi, 12 November 2017

Tinder fungi, on various standing …

Tinder fungi, 12 November 2017

Tinder fungus, on 12 November 2017

… and fallen trees.

Fungi, on 12 November 2017

Finally, these ones.

Stay tuned for 13 November 2017 in the Veluwe region!


Veluwe stream and fungi

Beech trees, 12 November 2017

After the Veluwe region birds in the morning of 12 November 2017, came the Meibeek stream and the beech trees around it.

Autumn leaves, 12 November 2017

These about 200-year-old trees reflect in the water of the stream.

Meibeek, 12 November 2017

Many autumn leaves floating in the Meibeek.

Autumn leaves, on 12 November 2017

Clouded agaric, 12 November 2017

Not far from the Meibeek was a fairy circle of clouded agaric mushrooms.

Clouded agaric, on 12 November 2017

Clouded agaric fairy ring, 12 November 2017

Stay tuned for more on 12 November in the Veluwe region!


Fungi, trees and birds

This 11 September 2016 Dutch video from Gelderland regional TV is about a cyclists’ protest, organised by the Party for the Animals, against the Dutch royals hunting on the big Het Loo estate near Apeldoorn city, causing most bicycle tracks and footpaths to be closed off to the public.

Het Loo is called a royal domain, but is in fact property of the Dutch government. However, the Dutch royal family has the right to use it, eg, to hunt there and to close off roads and paths which might hinder hunting from September till December. “So, public property, but the public is not welcome”, a Wiesel village resident said.

Duke Henry of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1876-1934), who became Prince Consort of the Netherlands, imported wild boar from his native Germany to hunt in Het Loo. This led to entry restrictions.

When Queen Wilhelmina, Henry’s wife, lived as a widow at Het Loo, there was less hunting and more paths became open to the public.

But after Wilhelmina’s death, royal hunting increased again, and so did access restrictions against the public.

After 10 November 2017 in Wenum-Wiesel in the Veluwe region came 11 November.

A robin just outside the window.

We are on our way to Het Loo. Just before the entrance gate, we hear a jay. And see an ancient barrow grave.

We pass the entrance gate, and proceed on the only ‘legal’ bicycle track. To the left and right, numerous signs of No entry.

Het Loo, 11 November 2017

Many trees with beautiful autumn leaves.

Het Loo, on 11 November 2017

A chaffinch. Great spotted woodpecker sound.

Fungi, 11 November 2017

A branch on the ground with beautiful orange fungi on it. Yellow stagshorn? To the right of it, another branch with brownish fungi.

Autumn leaves, 11 November 2017

More autumn leaves. Some on the forest floor …

Autumn leaves, on 11 November 2017

… some still on the trees.

Tinder fungi, 11 November 2017

A bit further, a fallen tree with many fungi on it. Including tinder fungi.

Tinder fungus, 11 November 2017

Including these big tinder fungi with orange undersides.

Tinder fungi, 11 November 2017

Stil more tinder fungi on the same big tree.

We continue to the Soerense veld. That is a heathland area. We thought heathland would be an interesting change from forest. However, another sign says No entry, because of royal family hunting. So, we go back.

Meibeek, 11 November 2017

Late in the afternoon, we go to the Meibeek stream. Sometimes people see kingfishers there. We don’t see them, but we do see beautiful reflections in the water.

Close to the Meibeek bank, an amethyst deceiver mushroom.


Veluwe birds and fungi, first day

This video is about Wenum-Wiesel village near Apeldoorn city in the Veluwe region.

On 9 November 2017, we traveled to Wenum-Wiesel; which is close to woodland.

From the train to Apeldoorn, a great egret in a meadow.

In Wenum-Wiesel, robin, blackbird and jay sounds.

Not far away, a fairy ring of clouded agaric mushrooms.

As we walk among trees with beautiful autumn leaves, a male chaffinch and a female blackbird along the road.


Rare elfin saddle fungus back in the Netherlands

Elfin saddle, photo by Gerhard Koller

Elfin saddle fungi had been extinct in the Netherlands since 1988.

Nature Today reports that recently fourteen elfin saddles have been found at two spots in the Lonnekerberg nature reserve in Overijssel province.