This 2012 video from the Netherlands shows an adult eagle owl at its nest cooling itself. Also two owlets.
They nest in a hole, specially cut out for owls by Natuurmonumenten.
9,000 years old eagle owl bone from North Sea: here.
Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands, 5 February 2016:
Ali came eighteen months ago to the Netherlands as a refugee from Aleppo, now he is one of the princes of Maastricht. The 21-year-old Syrian will from tomorrow on be carnival prince Ali the First in Maastricht during Vastelaovend – as they call carnival in Limburg province.
We walked along for a day with him, while the final preparations for the carnival were done.
Ali is the prince of the temporary carnival society Common Carnival, an initiative of Limburg art students to create integration by means of carnival. Maastricht people and asylum seekers together make a carnaval float and costumes. Besides students also other inhabitants of Maastricht are welcome to participate.
It is not the first time that he celebrates carnival. Last year he was in Eindhoven, but before that he celebrated it in Syria. “We celebrate it as well with wagons in many different colours. People then drink on the street,” says Ali. “The difference between carnival here and in my country is that it only lasts one day there and here it continues for three days.”
That excessively alcohol will be drunk is no problem according to Ali. “The image that many people have is that we are all strict Muslims. There are eighteen religions in Syria, but few people here know that. We are very open-minded people.”
Ali himself says he will drink some beer, but not too much. “With the music we will keep ourselves under control. We are going to make something beautiful!”
This video from the USA is called Cornfield Ants, Lasius alienus, Social Behavior and Dispersal.
Translated from Stichting Bargerveen in the Netherlands:
Jan 28, 2016 – In the Netherlands cornfield ants are very rare inhabitants of calcareous grasslands. Last summer, the species was found by employees of Foundation Bargerveen on the Sint-Pietersberg [Mount Saint Peter; mountain near Maastricht]. Is the modification of vegetation by mowing and grazing here now bearing fruit?
The cornfield ant (Lasius alienus) is a very rare species in South Limburg. Until 2004, the species was only known from the Bemelerberg hill. During research into the effects of grazing in the Popelmondedal valley, the southern slope of Mount St. Peter in Maastricht in 2015 by Stichting Bargerveen effects on ants were also examined. Great was the surprise when during the identifications of the catches this winter several cornfield ants were found. This species was totally absent in the intensive monitoring of the Popelmondedal in 2006 and except for an unconfirmed catch from 2012 this typical calcareous grassland species had never been previously reported from Mount St. Peter.
People are already working on the transition of the area to a nature reserve. The video shows especially the building of a staircase from the quarry to the top of the Sint Pietersberg hill. The staircase will be open to the public in 2016.
In the Sint Pietersberg limestone, many fossils of mosasaurs and other extinct animals have been found.
This is a wall lizard video from Switzerland.
‘Development’ plans in Maastricht threaten the animals.
However, the Dutch RAVON herpetologists have managed to change the plans in ways favourable to the Maastricht wall lizards.
Also, wildlife tunnels will be built to help the reptiles.
Dutch lizard species: here.
The beavers of River Otter in Devon are allowed to stay if they are disease free, Natural England has announced. The beavers were first spotted in February 2014 and it is unknown how they got there: here.