First Dutch female wildcat gets GPS collar


This is a video about a wildcat in the south of Limburg province in the Netherlands, in May 2014.

Translated from the Dutch ARK conservationists:

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

In the Vijlenerbos forest near Vaals a fourth European wildcat has been provided with a collar transmitter. This is the first female that was caught. Slowly but surely, more is getting known about the numbers of wildcats in South Limburg.

Beaver dives in stream, video


Nolda van Asseldonk from the Netherlands, who made this video, tells she filmed this swimming beaver at 8pm at the Haelense beek stream near Grathem village (central Limburg province).

Dippers near Dutch-German border


This is a dipper video from Yarrow Valley Country Park, Chorley, Lancashire, England, March 15th, 2012.

Translated from the Dutch ARK Natuurontwikkeling conservationists:

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

Dippers are rare in the Netherlands. Since this summer two of them are wandering along the Geul in the south of Limburg province. Just across the border there are more dippers and they nest annually. The dippers benefit from the water in the river Geul becoming cleaner and ARK Natuurontwikkeling contributes to that.

Dippers are dependent on fast-flowing streams and rivers. The brown and white birds look for food underwater. They have a special membrane in the eyes that works as a diving mask. It helps them to see underwater.

Wildcats born in the Netherlands, after centuries of extinction


This 6 December 2014 video is about the return of wildcats to the Netherlands.

The Dutch conservationists of ARK Natuurontwikkeling report (translated):

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

For the first time since centuries in the Netherlands wildcats have been born in the wild. ARK Nature investigates the return of this rare animal. During the study this year we found at least five different wildcats, two of the animals were born here. The return of the wildcat happens with impressive speed.

The wildcat research was in the Vijlenerbos nature reserve and elsewhere in Limburg province.

Great cormorant video


This is a video about a great cormorant, on 28 November 2014 in the Schuitwater nature reserve near Lottum vilage in the Netherlands.

Mathijs Herremans made the video.

Dutch orchid research


This orchid video from Estonia says about itself:

28 October 2014

Hand pollination project of red helleborine (Cephalanthera rubra).

Translated from the Dutch botanists of the Werkgroep Europese Orchideeën:

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

In 2014, some members of the European Working Group Orchids did research into the occurrence of Cephalantheras, a rare group of orchids with dainty flowers, found mainly in South Limburg. Of Cephalanthera damasonium quite a few plants were found. Cephalanthera longifolia was found only at a few places. Disappointing was that Cephalanthera rubra was not found anywhere.

Counting Dutch orchids in winter: here.

Wild hamster, video


This video is about an European hamster.

Lia van Harskamp made this video in September 2014 in Limburg province in the Netherlands.