River lampreys back in river after century


This 18 April 2016 video from Ireland says about itself:

First River Lamprey Lampetra fluviatilis spawning activity we observed in 2016: Castleconnell, Lower River Shannon. Also note that there is a Brook Lamprey L. planeri getting involved! Unfortunately, water quality problems also apparent in these photos. River Lampreys are listed under Annex II and V of the Habitats Directive. The Lower River Shannon is designated as a SAC for the three Irish lamprey species.

Translated from Waterschap Rijn en IJssel in Gelderland province in the Netherlands, 12 March 2020:

The start of the migration and spawning season for fish is a good time to see how many and which fish use the fish passage at Doesburg. The first results are promising: many roaches, ides and even river lampreys are using the passage through swimming from the IJssel to the Oude IJssel. River lampreys have not been seen in the Oude IJssel for 100 years.

The fish passage was taken into use last September and connects the Oude IJssel to the Gelderse IJssel. Due to the great height differences of these rivers, up to five meters, the fish passage in Doesburg is one of the largest and most innovative in the Netherlands.

Anti-Chinese racism in the Netherlands


This 6 February 2020 video says about itself:

The coronavirus outbreak has brought increasing reports of racial abuse against Chinese communities in the UK and Europe.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

A student complex at Wageningen University was daubed and smeared last night. Texts like ‘Die Chinese’, and ‘Chinese corona‘ are written in an elevator of the complex. The elevator was also smeared with faeces.

“This is more than discrimination and xenophobia. The person who does these kinds of terrible things lives with us but tries to destroy the lives of all tenants,” one of the residents writes on Facebook. According to the resident, many Chinese students live in the building.

A Chinese flag has also been torn from a room door and there has been thumping on apartment doors. It is still unclear who is behind it. The police are aware of the destruction. “My colleagues visited this morning to investigate the matter,” says a spokesperson. “In the meantime, everything has been cleaned up.”

Thousands of students affected by New Zealand’s anti-Chinese travel ban: here.

Rare spadefoot toads freed


This 18 April 2018 video from the Czech republic is called Common Spadefoot Toad (Pelobates fuscus) digging itself to the soil.

Translated from Vroege Vogels radio in the Netherlands today:

On Thursday night, 761 spadefoot toads were freed by ARTIS zoo and the RAVON amphibian protection organization around the Gelderland province town Ewijk and De Poll estate. This is the eighth year that they are committed to the rescue plan of the endangered spadefoot toad.

This toad is one of the most endangered amphibian species in the Netherlands. In order to lend a helping hand to the spadefoot toad, RAVON fished egg strings out of the water in the spring. Then ARTIS animal handlers raised the larvae to become adult toads in a safe environment.

Pro-climate march in Dutch Nijmegen


Nijmegen climate march today, photo by Omroep Gelderland

This photo is about the pro-climate march in Nijmegen in the Netherlands today. The banner mentions the 10 March 2019 national demonstration against climate change in Amsterdam, starting 13:00 uur on the Dam square.

Translated from Dutch regional broadcaster Omroep Gelderland today:

NIJMEGEN – Following the climate march by high school students in The Hague last week, university students have now also taken to the streets. …

The pupils who rallied en masse in The Hague last week were a great source of inspiration. ‘But it’s the same with university students, and it’s all about our future‘, he [organiser Olaf Kemerink] explains. ‘That is why we will be marching on the streets with both university students and high school students next week.’

‘Keep the pressure on’

Kemerink sees that the march in The Hague has brought about something, but according to him it is not enough yet. “[Prime Minister] Rutte is moving somewhat and he has spoken with the initiators of the protest in The Hague, but actually little is still happening. That’s why we have to keep the pressure on now”, he explains this Thursday’s march and next week’s march.