Adders wake up from hibernation, video

This 18 April 2016 video shows male adders waking up from hibernation. They had kept close together to stay warm.

Joke Stomps made this video in Haaksbergerveen nature reserve in Overijssel province in the Netherlands.

Swedish black grouse to the Netherlands

This is a black grouse video. 06.04.2014. Belarus, Grodno region.

The Salland hills in Overijssel province are the only place in the Netherlands where black grouse still live.

They are just a few birds, in danger of becoming locally extinct.

In 2012 and 2013, black grouse were imported from Sweden to increase the Salland numbers. However, that did not work: according to research because there was not enough food. The soil contained too much nitrogen, leading to fewer insects on which black grouse chicks feed.

Now, measures have been taken, like removing topsoil, to decrease the nitrogen.

Regional broadcaster RTV Oost reports today that there are plans to bring black grouse from Sweden again.

Dutch neighbours of mosque against racist violence

Allah's House mosque in Enschede

From Dutch daily Tubantia in Overijssel province:

Neighbors of Enschede mosque: “Madness. You do not do such things”

Last updated March 1, 9:11

ENSCHEDE – “Madness. You do not do such things.” Neighbors of Allah’s House in Enschede have nothing good to say about the men who on Saturday tried to set fire to the mosque.

Most people who live across the street have seen little of the attempted arson at the mosque. “The police came to the door to ask if we had seen it. So, nothing,” say Kim (32) and Gerrit (36).


“Who would do such a thing. Incomprehensible,” Kim says indignantly. “We have absolutely no problems with the mosque and its visitors. If something is planned in the mosque they always inform us. And we are also always welcome. Our children sometimes play there. We suffer more from the reformed church next to the mosque. The visitors of the church are much cheekier and park their cars all over our doorsteps.”


Gerrit nods. He works as an international driver and has nothing to do with religion, he says. “I think you should value everyone. But during my work I notice that the aversion rises against Islam. Whether I drive in the Netherlands, Germany, or Scandinavia, everywhere I hear that people are afraid that too many Muslims might come. I also feel that precisely because of this Turks and Moroccans retreat more into their own communities.”


Mohammed Draoui, board member of the mosque, stresses that the Muslim community is very open. “We try to involve all people around. Everyone is welcome. Tours are crowded.” He added action to his words and spontaneously showed us the mosque. In the hallway are some thirty shoes in a rack. The owners pray.


“What happened affects us tremendously,” says Draoui. “A few years ago there was arson as well. It is so unfortunate that people who have questions about Islam do not bother to come to our mosque and have a conversation with us. What makes us feel good is that we have had many reactions from local residents who find it horrible what happened.”

Firebomb attack on Dutch mosque

Enschede mosque at which a firebomb was thrown, Ginopress photo

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

In Enschede [in Overijssel province], a man yesterday evening threw a Molotov cocktail at a mosque. He was then chased by local residents, who also warned the police. After a short time the 33-year-old man was arrested. The police does not rule out more arrests.

The damage to the mosque at the Tweede Emmastraat is not extreme. The small fire was extinguished quickly by someone from the mosque. In the mosque at the time of the attack people were present.

Last week several mosques in the Netherlands received threatening letters. The letters included depictions of swastikas.

Enschede mosque chair thanks neighbourhood people for their quick reaction: here.

Northern pike, underwater video

This video shows a northern pike.

Diver Harry Brummelhuis made it in a lake in Almelo in Overijssel province in the Netherlands.

Good Dutch bats news

This video says about itself:

Bats’ warm hibernation alters scientific thinking

10 May 2015

Israeli researchers discover that mouse-tailed bats can hibernate at constant warm temperatures, the first time that a mammal has been shown to do so. Sharon Reich reports.

Translated from the Dutch Natuurmonumenten conservationists:

Record number of bats in the High Country of Vollenhove

Feb 2, 2016 – At least 65 bats were spotted by forester Ronald Messemaker on Wednesday, January 27th in the Vitens bat bunker just outside St. Jansklooster. It thus appears that the High Country of Vollenhove and De Wieden is an ideal combination for bats.

The number of bats in the High Country of Vollenhove has been increasing for years. “Last year I wrote 57 animals on my notepad. Newcomer is the whiskered bat,” says an enthusiastic Messemaker. Furthermore two brown long-eared bats and 21 Daubenton’s bats stay there. The latter have increased enormously. Last year there were 6. Natterer’s bats unfortunately fell from 48 to 41.

First beaver discovery along Dutch river

This is a European beaver video.

Translated from Jeroen Bredenbeek in the Netherlands, 4 January 2016:

First beaver along the Zwarte Water [Black Water] in Hasselt

This Saturday Forestry Commission volunteers wanted to pollard willows along the Zwarte Water in Overijssel when one of them discovered that some willows had been gnawed. That turned out to be beaver traces. A first along the Zwarte Water! …

The Forestry Commission is pleased with the return of the beaver, it provides additional dynamics in floodplains and along with the otters also living here they are the ambassadors of a healthy natural river.