Rare Anomodon moss discovery in the Netherlands

Anomodon attenuatus

Recently, in nature reserve Beuningse Uiterwaarden, along the Waal river in the Netherlands, a rare moss species was discovered.

It is Anomodon attenuatus.

The species had been found at a few places in the Netherlands before, but in much smaller quantities.

Black terns and grasshopper warblers

This video is about a black tern on its nest.

20 June 2015: to the Ooijpolder nature reserve, just east of Nijmegen city in the Netherlands.

On a sandy bank of the Waal river, mallards and a carrion crow.

Barn swallows flying around.

A whitethroat sings. So does a reed bunting.

A white stork flying.

Sound of a chiffchaff. And of a grasshopper warbler. A rare bird in the Netherlands, but here there are several.

In the Oude Waal, a lake which used to be the river bed long ago, tufted ducks swim. And a great crested grebe couple with four chicks.

A jay and a magpie flying. A cuckoo calling.

Flowering rush flowers.

A flock of goldfinches flying past.

A red-tailed bumblebee on a flower.

A reed warbler sings.

On the south side of the Oude Waal lake, a common tern flying. Also some black terns. A bit further, there is a black tern nesting colony on small artificial islands. Parents feed chicks.

Two spoonbills. Grey lag geese.

A shelduck couple with five ducklings, already not much smaller than their parents.

Three redshanks on the bank.

A hare running through the grass.

When we are almost back in Nijmegen, about twenty lapwings flying.

Drunk hedgehog saved from road

This 2 June 2015 video is about the drunk hedgehog in Arnhem, the Netherlands.

Translated from ANP news agency in the Netherlands, 1 June 2015:

The animal ambulance in Arnhem has saved a drunken hedgehog from traffic. This reports the animal shelter in Arnhem on its Facebook page. The animal treated itself to advocaat alcoholic drink after a bottle had broken on the street. A passerby saw the hedgehog was extremely intoxicated, unable to do anything. It was also unable to roll itself into a ball in case of imminent danger. The animal ambulance was warned.

The hedgehog was taken to a shelter for animals, where it slept during its ‘high’. The animal will be released back into the wild when it will feel well again.

Meanwhile, the hedgehog has been freed.

Deer, wild boar lives saved by new measures

This video from Belarus is called Red Deer. Roar. Fight.

Translated from conservation organisation Natuurmonumenten in the Netherlands:

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Along roads where the roadsides have been made wide and open, fewer collisions with wild animals will happen. These are the first encouraging results of measures taken by Natuurmonumenten.

Along two roads running through forests where many wild animals live, Natuurmonumenten made the roadsides more open last year. They are the Peeskesweg in the Bergherbos and the Sandbergweg in the Leuvenumse bossen (Veluwe region). Their verges are managed by Natuurmonumenten. Motorists now have a better view and will see game earlier, so they will be less surprised when the animals come out of the woods. Conversely, it is expected that the animals are now more alert because when they leave the forest they come first into an open space.

Fewer collisions

Along the Peeskesweg between 2010 and 2014 16 roe deer were hit (no red deer and wild boar live there). Along the Sandbergweg during the last three years, 13 wild boar, 12 roe deer and 11 red deer were hit. Since the measures, there have been two boar and one roe deer fatalities. If the number of wildlife collisions will remain low, then Natuurmonumenten will encourage road authorities, such as municipalities and provinces, to wherever possible, take the same measures.

Tunnels saving toads from traffic, new research

This 3 June 2015 Dutch video, in English, is about tunnels saving common toads from traffic. How effective are they?

New research in Ede town in Gelderland province says that of 800 toads on one side of a dangerous road, 300 animals used the tunnels. So, the tunnels do work; but not enough yet. There should be more tunnels, decreasing the distances the toads have to go before reaching a tunnel.

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!