Dutch otters use wildlife crossings daily


This 17 February 2015 video is about otters, which use wildlife tunnels in Overijssel province daily; and about other animals using the tunnels.

Translated from ARCADIS in the Netherlands today:

ARCADIS has monitored during the past year the operation of sixty fauna crossings in the province of Overijssel. These are small fauna tunnels, walk ledges under bridges and large wildlife viaducts. Using camera traps all animals which last fall made use of the passages were recorded. The images of wildlife crossings along the N334 and the N762 motorways show how otters use the tunnels daily to avoid the dangerous roads. …

The images of last autumn’s monitoring show that some twenty species use the passages. We have seen roe deer, badgers, otters, pine martens and other small mammals and amphibians.

Pregnant female badger, video


This video is about a pregnant female badger coming out of a sett near Deventer in the Netherlands on 31 January 2015.

This is a camera trap video.

In February, young badgers are born; see here.

Badgers in Europe: here.

Otter family at camera trap, video


This video shows an otter mother with two youngsters, at a camera trap in nature reserve De Wieden in the Netherlands.

Johann Prescher put the camera trap there.

Judges stop goose killing plans


This video says about itself:

Base-jumping barnacle goose – Life Story: Episode 1 Preview – BBC One

Within the first few hours after hatching a Barnacle gosling must make a giant leap from it’s clifftop nest falling over 400ft in order to reach the ground below.

Translated from BirdLife in the Netherlands:

For the time being, no shooting of geese

Thursday, January 15th, 2015 12:12

In the Province of Overijssel temporarily greylag geese, white-fronted geese and barnacle geese are not allowed to be shot. The court in Zwolle today in an urgent procedure decided that the exemption which the province had issued previously should be suspended. BirdLife in the Netherlands is pleased with the ruling. This allows the wintering geese in Overijssel in the short term to be protected from large-scale shooting.

Triassic fossil reptile discovery in Dutch museum


This video says about itself:

21 March 2013

An overview of reptiles found in Triassic marine ecosystems.

Translated from daily De Gelderlander in the Netherlands:

Prehistoric marine reptile from Winterswijk ‘discovered’

January 9, 2015

ENSCHEDE WINTERSWIJK – Researchers from the Universities of Bonn and Zurich have recently ‘discovered’ a placodont in the collection of Museum TwentseWelle. The remains of the marine reptile were found in the late 1980’s in the quarry in Winterswijk by Gerben Diepenbroek from Varsseveld.

Diepenbroek gave his collection in 2008 to the museum in Enschede. Since then the collection is a subject of investigation by various universities in Europe.

According to Dennis Nieweg, nature department curator of TwentseWelle, it is a very special discovery. “Worldwide but a few placodonts are known.”

245 million years

The placodont is a marine reptile that lived some 245 million years ago in shallow waters, ”grazing’ seabeds looking for small animals such as sea urchins and crabs. According to Nieweg the discovery of this placodont improves our understanding of how the Netherlands was like 245 million years ago. The region around Winterswijk was under water then and was part of an inland sea covering the Netherlands.

The fossil remains of this sea reptile are again in Enschede after all investigations. Museum TwentseWelle shows them in a special showcase.

Smooth newt males ready for mating season


This video from England says about itself:

9 April 2013

I’ve finally set out herping. With all this cold weather we’ve been having I thought I would never see the day. But I turned out to have great success in Dorset. I found lots of newts, lots of lizards, and lots of snakes. This video shows you the two species of newt which I found on my trip: the smooth newt (Lissotriton vulgaris), and the palmate newt (Lissotriton helveticus). Which turns out to be a new species for me. I also encountered some Italian crested newts along the way but was unable to get some footage. :( Maybe next time…

On 3 January 2014, Dutch RAVON herpetologists investigated amphibians in Aamsveen nature reserve in Overijssel province.

They found two male smooth newts, already in full spring mating season colours, waiting for females.

One should hope for them that the winter, relatively mild so far, will not become harsher.

Italian crested newts in the Netherlands: here.

Swan saved from frozen ditch


This is a video about a mute swan, stuck in a frozen ditch near Mastenbroek in the Netherlands this morning.

A passer-by had seen the bird was in trouble, and phoned the animal ambulance.

They were unable to free the animal. Then, the fire brigade was called, and succeeded.

The swan went along with the animal ambulance. After reconvalescence, it will be freed again.