Grey heron drives away black stork, video

In this video, a grey heron thinks a black stork comes too close, and drives it away.

Raymond Daemen made this video in De Banen nature reserve in Limburg province in the Netherlands.

New butterfly species arrives in the Netherlands

Southern small white

Translated from the Dutch Vlinderstichting entomologists:

Monday, September 28th, 2015

The experts already expected it, and on Sunday, September 27th, 2015 was the day: the first southern small white butterfly was observed at the Fort Sint Pieter in Maastricht by Pieter Vantieghem. A new butterfly species for the Netherlands.

Rare water insects in Dutch river

Aphelocheirus aestivalis, photo: Marianne Müller

Translated from Dutch conservationist ARK:

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

In the Geul river at Wijlre Aphelocheirus aestivalis river bugs have been found. The rare aquatic insects live on the gravel bottom of the Geul. In Wijlre, municipality Gulpen-Wittem, ARK Nature works with various parties together to improve the natural environment in and along the river.

Don’t take wildcats home

This video is called European Wildcats (Felis silvestris silvestris).

Translated from the Dutch ARK conservationists:

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Whoever finds a young cat in the forests of the south of Limburg province should not just take that animal home. It could be a wildcat. Just over the border in Belgium, in Opglabbeek, last weekend, at a shelter for sick and injured wild animals, a young wildcat was brought which earlier had been found in the woods.

Wildcat in shelter

The young cat which arrived in the Natuurhulpcentrum in Opglabbeek two weeks ago had been found by people in the east of Liège province, the transition between the Ardennes and the Eifel mountains, in the center of a forest. The young animal was taken home in the belief that it was a dumped or escaped domestic cat. Because it continued to be aggressive and skittish specialists were contacted who are pretty sure it is a wildcat.

Good hazel dormouse news from the Netherlands

This is a hazel dormouse video.

Translated from the Dutch Mammal Society:

Friday, August 28th, 2015

In the extreme south of the country lives the hazel dormouse. This rare creature lives there hidden in forest edges with lots of blackberries and hazelnuts. In recent years, many protection measures have been taken to expand the habitat of the dormouse. In the Vijlenerbosch forest the Forestry Commission and the IKL have restored several hundred meters of forest edge to create space and light again for the hazel dormouse and on the premises of the Stichting Ark blackberries are encouraged. The dormice have been monitored for more than 20 years, making it clear that the dormouse has benefited greatly from all these actions, with a record number of nests in 2014 as a result. …

On all 48 routes where there was counting no less than 535 (!) nests were observed. A great result compared to previous years, where sometimes only 200 nests were counted.

Otter tunnels help other mammals as well

This video from the Netherlands is about a beech marten using an underpass, built for otters. It says about itself (translated):

July 23, 2015

In preparation for the return of the otter to the province of Limburg 20 dangerous roads have been worked on by ARK Nature and the Water Board Peel and Meuse valley. Where streams flow under dangerous roads these roads are equipped with fences and beneath the road ramps are installed. Otters can then walk safely under the road instead of on the road. Studies show that also polecats, beech martens and weasels now also use the underpasses.

See also here.

Good bee-eater news from the Netherlands

This is a bee-eater video from the Czech republic.

Vroege Vogels radio in the Netherlands reports today that never before there have been so many bee-eater nests in the Netherlands as in this year 2015. The nesting season is not finished yet.

There are especially many bee-eaters this year ‘somewhere in Limburg province’ (exact location not mentioned in order not to disturb the birds).