harriers

Pallid harrier
Jul 17 '17 17:10

The nest of a rare pallid harrier was discovered in Groningen, the first time ever this bird species was found breeding in the Netherlands. Four baby birds hatched in the nest, NU.nl reports.

A volunteer for the Montagu's Harrier work group found the nest by chance in a barley filed late in May. The location of the nest was kept secret, so that the pallid harriers could roost in peace. 

The work group carefully followed and recorded the breeding and hatching process. A fence was erected around the nest to keep predators like foxes away. 

Lelystad Airport
Jan 18 '17 13:55

The Dutch Council of State approved expansion plans for Lelystad Airport. On Wednesday the Council ruled that the objections to the zoning plan for the airport are ungrounded, ANP reports.

The zoning plan states that the airport's runway can be extended from 1,250 meters long to 2,700 meters and from 30 meters wide to 45 meters. This makes the airport suitable for heavier aircraft types, something that is essential for the plans to have Lelystad take over some of Schiphol's traffic.