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).

Emperor dragonfly laying eggs, video


This video shows a female emperor dragonfly laying eggs, near Arcen, Limburg province, the Netherlands.

Ronald Aarns made this video.

Dutch ants helped by tunnels


This video is about Formica polyctena and Serviformica cinerea ants.

Translated from the Dutch entomologists of EIS Kenniscentrum Insecten:

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

In Venlo, Formica polyctena ants are threatened by the construction of roads and an industrial area and more recently by the construction of the Floriade flower show. On the Floriade site in 2012 there came a unique solution to prevent fragmentation of ant habitats, special ant tunnels were built. Now it is full spring, the ants are busy collecting food and the tunnels are still in use.

Ant tunnel in Venlo

This photo by Arjan van den Bosch shows an ant tunnel in Venlo.

Konik foal born, video


This video is about a konik horse foal being born, on 14 April 2015, in nature reserve Grensmaas in Limburg province in the Netherlands.

Laurent Beckers made this video.

Mosasaur fossil discovery by teenage boy


THis Dutch video was recorded in the natural history museum in Maastricht, the Netherlands. There, teenager Lars Barten tells about his discovery of a fossil mosasaur.

On Saturday 18 April, 14-year-old Lars Barten (14) from Rijkevoort village in Noord-Brabant province in the Netherlands, together with his father Jos, discovered a mosasaur fossil near Maastricht city in Limburg province.

That mosasaur is about 66 million years old. It was called Lars, as Lars Barten discovered it.

The discovery includes tail, flipper, backbone and finger bones.

At the natural history museum in Maastricht, there will be more research on the fossils.