Nature

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May 22 '18 09:54

This year the Dutch Rescue Brigade will at busy beaches and lakes. Parents can write their phone numbers on the wristbands, making it easier to reunite a lost child with his or her responsible adult, the Telegraaf reports.

Horses and geese in Oostvaardersplassen near Lelystad
May 21 '18 14:00

Foresters shot and killed three red deer on the A6 highway between Lelystad and Almere on Sunday afternoon. The animals escaped from Oostvaardersplassen after activists cut the nature reserve's fences in 21 places on Saturday night, NU.nl reports. 

According to the foresters, the animals endangered traffic safety. They were shot after permission from the authorities. A spokesperson for forestry association Staatsbosbeheer told NU.nl that all three killed animals were pregnant females.

Giant panda Xing Ya with his birthday cake at Ouwehands Zoo, 8 Aug 2017
May 18 '18 14:40

Visiting a Dutch zoo is increasingly expensive, but they are also increasingly popular. Over the past five years ticket prices increased by an average of 17 percent, and visitor numbers at zoos in the Netherlands increased by 11 percent in four years, RTL Nieuws reports based on its own research.

The broadcaster compared the current ticket prices of all zoos affiliated with the Dutch association of zoos NVD to the prices from 2012. On average the ticket price for an adult increased by 3 euros, with outliers of 5 or even 9 euros. 

Tornado
May 17 '18 07:19

A tornado caused a great deal of damage in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia on Wednesday. Around the city of Viersen, just across the border of Venlo, multiple homes lost roofs and numerous trees were blown over, NOS reports.

One person was seriously hurt in Viersen and a firefighter was hit by lighting. As far as is known, no one was killed. The tornado lasted almost 15 minutes.

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May 15 '18 08:40

Prime Minister Mark Rutte visited Sint Eustatius, Saba and Sint Maarten. Reconstruction following the devastation left by Hurricane Irma is still in full swing on the three islands, which form part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, RTL Nieuws reports.

Longhorn Beetle
May 14 '18 16:50

Over the past decades there's been a "dramatic" decline in the number of ground beetles and moths in two nature reserves in the Netherlands, according to Natuurmonumenten. The number of ground beetles declined by 72 percent in Wijster in Drenthe over the past 22 years, and the number of moths by 54 percent in Kaaistoep in Noord-Brabant over the past 20 years, NU.nl reports.

Heavy rains cause the roof of a car dealer in Assen to collapse, 13 May 2018
May 14 '18 07:39

Heavy rains caused many problems in large parts of northern Netherlands on Sunday night. On Twitter local residents complained about flooded streets and buildings, and even water streaming out of the toilet.

Drenthe saw a total of 63 millimeters of rain on Sunday evening, RTL Nieuws reports. Usually the whole Netherlands gets 61 millimeters of rain in the entire month of May. 

Family runs from cheetahs after getting out of their car in Beekse Bergen
May 11 '18 15:00

Dutch parliamentarians are flabbergasted by an incident in safari park Beekse Bergen in Hilarenbeek this weekend. A French family, including a young child, got out of their car to take photos of sunbathing cheetahs and Another visitor to the park filmed the incident and posted it on YouTube.

Swan in Zuiderpark, The Hague
May 11 '18 14:20

Over the past weeks four swans were found killed in Zuiderpark in The Hague, the police said on Facebook. They're necks were broken. Several swan nests and the eggs in them were also destroyed.

The Zuiderpar police report that the remaining swan nests have now been screened off with fencing as a precaution. The police, along with enforcers and foresters, are also patrolling the area and keeping an eye on the nests.

Family runs from cheetahs after getting out of their car in Beekse Bergen
May 11 '18 07:25

A video was posted on YouTube showing a family barely escaping aggressive cheetahs after getting out of their car in Dutch safari park Beekse Bergen. The park could not confirm whether the footage is real, RTL Nieuws reports.

The rule in Beekse Bergen is do not get out of your car. But this family seems to have missed that rule.

They parked their car next to sunbathing cheetahs and got out to take some pictures. A small child also got out of the car to peek around the corner. Nothing happens.

Sea sparkle
May 10 '18 14:50

The calm summer weather in the Netherlands over the past few days, created some fairy tale-like scenes along the Dutch coast. The sea was illuminated bright fluorescent blue in some areas, due to Noctiluca scintillans, more commonly known as sea sparkle, NOS reports. 

Sea sparkle is a unicellular algae species that exhibits bioluminescence when disturbed. This happens most commonly in warm and calm summer weather. This natural phenomenon resulted in some beautiful photos taken along the Dutch coasts over the past days. 

A boat cruising down Oudezijds Voorburgwal in Amsterdam Centrum, 8 May 2018
May 10 '18 13:30

After a cool and cloudy Ascension day on Thursday, the weather will clear up and warm up in the Netherlands. Maximums up to 26 degrees are expected for Saturday, according to Weeronline.

Thursday started out rainy in many places in the Netherlands. Weeronline expects that most showers will dry up by late afternoon. Maximums of around 13 degrees along the coast, around 15 degrees in the north, and around 17 degrees in the east can be expected. 

Friday will be a sunny spring day, with maximums ranging between 16 degrees on the Wadden to 20 degrees in the southeast. 

Northern lights
May 8 '18 13:10

People wanting to see the northern lights usually have to go to Northern Europe, but this week this beautiful natural phenomenon is also visible above the northern parts of the Netherlands, RTL Nieuws reports.

The northern lights are hard to see with the naked eye, but show up beautifully on long exposure photos. In the Netherlands the northern lights are only visible a few days per year. The phenomenon is caused by solar wind - bursts of plasma clouds on the sun. 

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May 8 '18 08:41

The Netherlands has two more days of summer high temperatures, before the weather cools down again, Buienradar expects. Ascension day on Thursday will be cool, with maximums no higher than 15 degrees.

Tuesday will be a beautiful summer's day. "It is the hottest day of the week, with maximum around 27 degrees. Locally it will be 29 degrees in the southeast", Maurice Middendorp of Buienradar said to RTL Nieuws. Wednesday will also be warm, if more cloudy. Maximum temperatures will range from 23 degrees along the coast to 25 degrees inland. 

Blackbird
May 2 '18 15:40

The blackbird population in the Netherlands is not doing well, according to Sovon bird research. Sovon's interim figures show that 15 percent fewer blackbirds were spotted in the country so far this year, NOS reports.

"We see tens of thousands less than last year. That means that you really hear fewer black birds in the neighborhood", Albert de Jong of Sovon said to the broadcaster.

The blackbird is threatened by the Usutu virus, a virus transmitted by mosquitos. In 2012 this virus led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of blackbirds in Germany. 

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May 2 '18 12:10

Fine weather is expected for Liberation Day on Saturday. It will by sunny and warm with maximums between 18 and 23 degrees, according to Weeronline. Remembrance Day on Friday will be dry and mostly sunny, with maximums around 13 degrees.

Apr 30 '18 16:00

Between the years 2000 and 2016, companies in the Netherlands' production methods have become cleaner and they used relatively less raw materials. Companies that are involved in environmental protection and natural resources are also doing well - their production and employment opportunities increased, Statistics Netherlands reported in its Green Growth report on Monday.

Kangaroo
Apr 30 '18 14:00

A tame kangaroo escaped from his enclosure in Roosendaal on Sunday. After spending a night out on the town, the animal was caught on Lisztlaan on Monday morning and is now back home. He was found in someone's garden, veterinarian Jerry Kreike of local animal hospital Visdonk said to newspaper AD.

The police already called in Kreike's help, to sedate the kangaroo, on Sunday night. But it was dark and pouring with rain, making shooting the animal with an anesthetic gun impossible.

Apr 30 '18 07:48

Storms caused flooding in large parts of the Netherlands on Sunday night and during the early hours of Monday morning. The worst of the storms are currently leaving the Netherlands through the north, according to RTL Nieuws.

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Apr 27 '18 07:18

While King's Day will not be sunny and warm, the weather won't be too bad either. Cloudy and cool with light rain in some places during the afternoon is what Buienradar expects.

"The day start's nice", Maarten Stam of Buienradar said to RTL Nieuws. "It will stay dry until the afternoon with an orange sun every now and then. But from noon onwards it will start raining lightly from the southwest." 

The Royal family will be spending the day in Groningen. A good choice, according to Stam. Groningen will stay mostly dry.

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Apr 24 '18 15:40

The Biomedical Primate Research Center (BPRC) in Rijswijk used 317 monkeys in its tests last year, compared to 95 in 2016. Last year 137 of these animals died, AD reports.

Ronald Bontrop, BPRC director, told AD that the increase is due the the fact that "a long-term experiment with tuberculosis was completed last year". According to him, the monkeys involved in this experiment have been tested on for some time, but were only included in the count of last year - the year in which the experiment finished.

Apr 23 '18 13:50

Used cars from abroad are more popular than ever in the Netherlands, and that is bad news for the government's climate ambitions, according to car dealers' association RAI. In the first three months of this year, the Dutch imported a record number of over 56 thousand used cars from abroad, ANP reports. 

Nearly a third of these imported used cars were an alternative to purchasing a new car in the Netherlands, according to RAI. On average, used cars emit 12 percent more CO2 than new cars, the association calculated. 

water
Apr 23 '18 11:50

Dutch consumers pay more for their tap water because farmers continue to use toxic pesticides like Roundup in their pastures, according to water company Vitens. Cleaning up the groundwater costs Vitens around 15 million euros extra every year, the company said to De Gelderlander. 

Summer at the beach
Apr 19 '18 14:52

Today is not only the fist official summer day of the year, but also the hottest April 19th in the Netherlands since temperature measurements started in 1901, Weeronline reports.

At 12:30 p.m. it was 24.4 degrees in De Bilt, breaking the previous heat record of 24.3 degrees from 1988. At 2:00 p.m. the thermometer in De Bilt read 25.1 degrees, making today the first official summers day - with temperatures above 25 degrees Celsius - for the Netherlands this year.

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