Rare bug back in the Netherlands after half a century

This video is about a Gonocerus juniperi bug,

The rare bug Gonocerus juniperi was seen this year in nature reserve De Borkeld in Overijssel province.

This was the first time for this species in the Netherlands in 51 years.

Extinct bee species back in the Netherlands

Stelis signata, photo by Johann-Christoph Kornmilch

Translated from the Dutch entomologists of EIS Kenniscentrum Insecten:

Monday, September 21st, 2015

After an apparent absence of nearly 40 years, the Stelis signata bee has been seen again in the Netherlands. In the Salland hills this presumably extinct species has been recorded. Spectacular, certainly because the species has never been found before in Overijssel and has previously been seen mainly in North Brabant and Limburg.

Good middle spotted woodpecker news from the Netherlands

This is a middle spotted woodpecker video from the Czech republic.

Translated from the Dutch Sovon ornithologists:

Friday, September 4th, 2015

The rise of the middle spotted woodpecker in Twente region [the east of Overijssel province] still continues. Ben Hulsebos, who again this spring coördinated dozens of volunteers counting for Sovon, reported 242 territories of middle spotted woodpeckers this spring; another record number. Especially in the eastern region many couples breed. Remarkably, they are now even in humid pieces of birch woodland along the edge of heathland.

This species only returned to the Netherlands in 1997, after a long absence.

Nesting habitat requirements of two species of North African woodpeckers in native oak forest: here.

Young roe deer drinking their mother’s milk

This video shows young roe deer drinking their mother’s milk near Lettele village, in Overijssel province in the Netherlands.

Hans Wolters made the video.

Rhinoceros beetle in the Netherlands

This video is called Rhinoceros beetle, Oryctes nasicornis.

Dutch conservationists Natuurmonumenten report today that a male European rhinoceros beetle has been found in Buurserzand nature reserve in Overijssel province.

This is one of the biggest European beetle species. It is rare in the Netherlands.

Rare flowers back on Dutch fields


Translated from the Dutch Natuurmonumenten conservation organisation:

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

An extraordinary discovery in Salland [region in Overijssel province]. On cornfields the rare corn-cockle and corn marigold have been found. “Confirmation that the management by Natuurmonumenten is paying off,” says the Salland forester Marion Plagge.

Field management

Natural fields have almost disappeared. To turn the tide, Natuurmonumenten manages cornfields in nature reserve Eerde and National Park The Salland Ridge. The nature organization is working here together successfully with organic farmers. On these cornfields no poison or fertilizer is used, but only solid manure of organic origin.

Corn marigold

First young crane ever in Dutch nature reserve

This video is about cranes dancing.

Today, Staatsbosbeheer in the Netherlands reports that some weeks ago, a young crane hatched in Engbertsdijksvenen in Overijssel province.

This is the first young crane in that province since centuries ago.