Rare spadefoot toads on Dutch golf course


This is a common spadefoot toad video.

Today, Dutch Vroege Vogels radio reports good news about common spadefoot toads, a rare species in the Netherlands.

Three years ago, spadefoot toads were freed on Landgoed Bleijenbeek golf course in Afferden, Limburg province. It turned out this was a good environment for the toads: lakelets, sand and plants not too tall.

Dutch Geert Wilders’ spokesman’s financial fraud


Geert Wilders and Michael Heemels

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Heemels spent PVV political party money on Madonna concert

Today, 08:22

Former PVV politician Michael Heemels used party money for a luxurious life. Tickets for a concert by Madonna,

The sister party of Geert Wilders and Heemels’ PVV, their fellow racists of the French National Front, won’t like that.

As Madonna at her concerts denounced National Front boss Marine Le Pen for nazism.

This video says about itself:

27 July 2012

American pop singer Madonna is defending her use of an image depicting French far-right politician Marine Le Pen with a swastika superimposed on her forehead after Le Pen‘s party threatened legal action. Madonna said the image was meant to highlight intolerance toward immigrants and religious minorities and she refused to remove it from a video played during her live performances.

Heemels paid 900 euros of PVV party money on going to the Madonna concert. All PVV money stolen by Heemels is taxpayers’ money.

The NOS article continues:

engagement rings, an overnight stay at the luxurious Hotel Adler in Berlin and traffic fines were paid out of party money.

This is evident from 1Limburg broadcasting corporation according to the audit report on Heemels’ expenses. He was the leader of the PVV party in the Provincial Council of Limburg, as well as the spokesman for Geert Wilders. Between 2012 and early this year, he abused 176,000 euros in party money. He then departed, when that became known.

Addiction

Heemels himself said that he therewith funded his alcohol and drug addiction, but there was much more spending. What he did with tens of thousands of euros of his cashpoint money that he withdrew from the PVV account is unclear.

Public prosecutor will prosecute Heemels for fraud: here.

Wildcat in Dutch Limburg, video


This 6 March 2016 video from the Netherlands says about itself (translated):

In February 2016, a wildcat was captured on film images in a forest between the Limburg rivers Geul and Gulp. This is the first observation in this area since 2006. A special recording of a special animal.

See also here.

Good Dutch beaver news


This 2011 video says about itself:

The European beaver (Castor fiber) was hunted almost to extinction, both for fur and for castoreum, a secretion of its scent gland believed to have medicinal properties. However, the beaver is now being re-introduced throughout Europe. Several thousand live on the Elbe, the Rhône and in parts of Scandinavia. In northeast Poland there is a thriving community of Castor fiber. They have been reintroduced in Bavaria and The Netherlands and are tending to spread to new locations.

Translated from the Dutch ARK Natuurontwikkeling conservationists, 7 February 2016:

After more than two hundred years of absence about twenty years ago beavers emerged spontaneously in Limburg province. These were some individuals from Germany. Their number was too small, and mutual distance too large to form a viable population within the foreseeable future. Therefore thirty beavers were freed in the region between 2002 and 2004. There was enough habitat by river restoration and nature reserve management in the Meuse Valley. Meanwhile beavers live, with numbers estimated at five hundred animals, in nearly the whole of Limburg. In wet, wooded nature beavers play a key role.

Late crane migration, video


On Monday 18 January 2016, Jeroen Langbroek made this video about Eurasian cranes migrating over Lemiers, in Limburg province in the Netherlands.

Unusually late for these birds; because of the mild winter weather until very recently?