Dutch xenophobic arsonists convicted

This video says about itself:

Germany: ‘Anti-Nazi’ couple suffer suspected arson attack

13 August 2015

The barn of Birgit and Horst Lohmeyer, known anti-Nazi critics and activists, was set on fire in the village of Jamel in northern Germany, Thursday. The fire broke out overnight on August 12-13, with reports suggesting an unknown male was in the area at the time of the incident.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Tough prison sentences for throwing fire bomb into home in Velp

Today, 10:44

Three men have been convicted to 12 to 14 years in prison, because last year in Velp they have thrown a fire bomb into a house. A Slovak man and woman who were in the house were seriously injured; they got burn injuries all over their bodies.

The bomb-throwers knew that besides the Slovak couple, there were more immigrant workers in that house.

Red deer in fog, video

This video shows a male red deer on a foggy day in Deelerwoud nature reserve in Gelderland province in the Netherlands.

Wouter Oltheten made this video.

How far do red deer stags migrate to rut? Here.

Rare lion’s mane fungus back in nature reserve

This 2014 Dutch video is about a lion’s mane fungus in Heiloo in the Netherlands.

Translated from Dutch conservation organisation Natuurmonumenten:

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Ranger Willem Regtop is pleased: after a few years he has found a Hericium erinaceus mushroom again in the woods of the Velhorst nature reserve in the Graafschap region.

This fungus is called in English “lion’s mane mushroom” and for good reason: the mushroom looks hairy, is the size of a football and is completely covered with soft yellow-white spines. The lion’s mane mushroom is on an old beech in Velhorst. It had for several years not been seen in this nature reserve.


Hericium erinaceus is a parasite that mainly uses stem wounds on beeches or sometimes oaks. Ranger Willem hopes that people now again will be able to admire the fungus, which is fairly rare in the Netherlands, every year in the Velhorst.

Pro-refugee demonstration, Nijmegen, Netherlands, 21 November

This video says about itself:

LET THEM IN! Pro-Refugees Demonstration in Amsterdam, 4 September 2015

Video: Persian Dutch Network | Donya Alinejad speech at pro-refugees demonstration at Dam Square of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 4 September 2015.

From the Nijmegen Gastvrij site in Nijmegen city, Gelderland province, the Netherlands:

Saturday 21st of November, 14:00 van Schaeck Mathonsingel

Nijmegen shows hospitality! Solidarity without borders

At this very moment multiple places in the world are the backdrop to humanitarian disasters such as war, structural violence and bitter poverty. Many people have left their homes behind in search for a safer, a better life. Some of these people come to The Netherlands in search of a safe haven. We believe these people deserve our solidarity, we believe that all people should be able to move freely throughout the entire world in search of safety, freedom and happiness.

Unfortunately this turns out to be different in practice. The debate hardens. Refugees are often ‘welcomed’ with fear, hate and distrust. Politicians use ‘facts’ that turn out to be false to create a division between ‘us’ and ‘them’. So called ‘worried citizens’ paint racist slogans on houses, attack refugee shelters and are hatemongering against people who are already in dire need.

We are worried too, worried about the dehumanization of large groups of people in the public debate, worried about increasing aggression towards migrants and worried about the fate of the many people who have left their homes in search of a better life. Can’t we think of a better answer than the unwillingness to offer people a new home?

There certainly is an alternative. In the short term we should open our hearts and show our solidarity towards people fleeing. In the long run we should replace the tendency to think in terms of first- and second-class people with a more equal division of power and wealth throughout the world. Instead of reinforcing borders and differences between people, more social equality will prove to be a solution to many social problems.

There is still another long run solution to the ‘refugee’. It is: stopping the so-called ‘humanitarian’ wars (in practice, often oil wars) by the NATO military alliance, which includes the Dutch government; so that people won’t need to leave their homes.

It is therefore time to send out a strong collective signal. A signal in favour of solidarity, for freedom of movement and against xenophobia. So join the demonstration on Saturday the 21st of November. We are meeting at the Van Schaeck Mathonsingel in Nijmegen at 14:00. Come along, bring your friends and family! Let’s show some hospitality!

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU GET TO GERMANY “‘I thought Germany was supposed to be paradise. Everyone used to think that as soon as you got to Berlin, everything would be OK,’ says Ahmed Kanaan. The 19-year-old Syrian migrant is one of nearly 1.5 million new refugees who are expected to enter Germany by the end of the year.” [Vice]

New nature reserve attracts rare birds, dragonflies

This 2012 Dutch video is about nature reserve Beuningse Uiterwaarden, in Gelderland province, not far from Nijmegen city. It shows birds, konik horses and other animals there. Eg, great crested newts live there as well.

There has been reconstruction early this year. That attracted nesting little ringed plovers.

And rare damselfly and dragonfly species: goblet-marked damselfly; lesser emperor dragonfly; red-veined darter; and scarlet dragonfly.

Rare mushroom back in the Netherlands

Omphalina demissa, photo by Nico Dam

Translated from the Dutch Mycological Society:

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

The number of mushroom species known in the Netherlands is growing steadily. In the last edition of 2013 of the Standard list of Dutch Mushrooms more than 5,000 species mushroom listed, up from around 3500 in the previous edition in 1995. However, there also seem to be species disappearing from our country. Species that are well known in our country, but which have not been seen since 1988, are in the category “Disappeared” on the Red List of 2008.

Disappeared and returned

An example is Omphalina demissa. Also on the online distribution atlas there are no recent sightings of this species. Last weekend, however, it was found again, in two lanes on the estate De Wiersse between Vorden and Ruurlo. In both cases, some specimens were growing right along a little used dirt road flanked by deciduous trees.

Swifts in Nijmegen city

This video from the Netherlands says about itself:

A juvenile Common Swift (Apus apus) peering out of a nest brick entrance hole at approx. 35 meters height at project Hessenberg in the centre of Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Filmed August 1st 2013. More about this project and the Swift nest bricks: here.

If in old cities old buildings are torn down to make way for new buildings, then birds like swifts often lose their nesting opportunities.

Jochem Kühnen of BirdLife in Nijmegen city in the Netherlands tries to do something against that.

In 2009, when the high-rise building De Hessenberg was built, Kühnen convinced the builders to include 22 nesting bricks for swifts.

Already in the next year, swifts started to nest there. Now, the birds use 80% of these nesting opportunities.

Now there are plans for an ever bigger building in Nijmegen: Nimbus, 24 stories high. Jochem Kühnen talked to the Nimbus architect about swifts. The architect became enthusiastic, and decided to include 100 swift bricks in the building.