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.

Rare northern emerald dragonfly discovery in the Netherlands


Male northern emerald

Today, Dutch conservation Landschap Overijssel reports that a rare species, the northern emerald dragonfly, has been found reproducing in Wierdense Veld nature reserve.

Probably, these insects have benefited from a higher water level in the reserve.

Rare burbot, weatherfish reproduce in the Netherlands


This video shows a young burbot, found by Dutch RAVON ichthyologists near the banks of the Zwarte Water river in May 2015.

RAVON reports today that this spring two rare fish species: burbot and weatherfish, which both need shallow water for their reproduction, have reproduced successfully in the Zwarte Water.

Mating adders, video


This video shows mating adders, in Engbertsdijksvenen nature reserve in Overijssel province in the Netherlands.

G. Tjeerds made the video.

Saving otters from cars


Crossing otters sign

This traffic sign, in nature reserve De Weerribben in the Netherlands, warns motorists: ‘Otter crossing‘.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Otters will get safer crossings

Today, 20:17

The government will improve the protection of otters soon. These rare animals are often killed. The government promises to address immediately the seven crossings where this happens most often, along with the provincial authorities of Friesland and Overijssel. At fourteen other places the animals should be able to cross a lot safer in mid-2017.

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.