Southern small white butterflies conquer Dutch province


This video from Switzerland is about a southern white butterfly.

On Sunday, September 27th, 2015 the first ever southern small white butterfly in the Netherlands was observed at the Fort Sint Pieter in Maastricht in Limburg province.

Since that time, now, in October 2016, 105 southern small whites have been observed, at various places in the south of Limburg province.

This species used to live only high up rocky mountains, in, eg, Switzerland, Morocco.

Recently, to their surprise, biologists found it had extended its biotope to rock gardens around Zürich, and was common there. There are many rock gardens in many countries, making it possible for the species to spread further.

For the, often subtle, differences between white butterfly species, see here.

European bison benefit natterjack toads


This 2016 video is called Re-wilding Europe, One Bison at a Time.

Translated from ARK Natuurontwikkeling in the Netherlands:

Natterjack toads benefit of bison in Maashorst

21 August 2016 – In the North Brabant province nature reserve Maashorst nature is in full swing. Recently European bison were introduced there. Along with Exmoor ponies and Tauros cattle they graze the grasslands, heaths and forests of the Maashorst. With their grazing and digging they provide spaces for other species such as the natterjack toad.

This 2014 Dutch video is about Tauros cattle: an attempt to breed the extinct aurochs back.

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.

See also here.

Dutch Geert Wilders’ spokesman’s financial fraud


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.