Local authorities across the Netherlands are showing concern over the potential for crowding this weekend and into next week as warm Spring weather arrives in northern Europe. The concern comes in spite of many nature reserve parking lots, dunes, beaches, parks and forests being closed-off to the public in order to prevent an influx of visitors and, by extension, the spread of the coronavirus.
A wolf was spotted on the Zuid Veluwe for the first time, nature conservation service Natuurmonumenten announced on Friday. Wildlife cameras captured the wolf next to a dead red deer.
According to forester Andre ten Hoedt, they've been waiting "quite a while" for wolves to show up in Zuid Veluwe. "This area is extensive and has a lot of wildlife. An ideal habitat for the wolf. Cool that he now seems to have found our area, now we have to wait and see if he or she will also settle here."
DNA samples were taken from the cadaver of the deer to identify the wolf.
Dutch nature organization Natuurmonumenten wants to reduce its tree felling. The organization will only cut down trees in its controlled areas if there is good reason to do so. And for every tree that is felled, Natuurmonumenten will plant another one elsewhere, the organization reported to NU.nl on Wednesday.
On Thursday the national consortium "Zon op Water" will present plans to build hundreds of thousands of solar panels on open waters in the coming years. According to the consortium of companies, Rijkswaterstaat, 35 municipalities and knowledge institutions, these floating solar panels are necessary for the Netherlands to achieve its climate goals, Trouw reports.
The vast majority of Dutch are worried about the disappearance of flowers, insects and birds in the countryside, according to the National Landscape Survey by nature conservation service Natuurmonumenten. The service calls on the government to make protecting the landscape a priority when making spatial plans, ANP reprots.
The first island of the Marker Wadden will open to the public next week. From September 8th visitors can make use of the port, hiking trials, bird watching huts and the observation tower on the 250 hectares large island, RTL Nieuws reports.
Throughout next weekend extra ferries will sial to the island from the Bataviahaven in Lelystad. Private boats are also welcome.
Nature lovers who look forward to a purple Posbank each summer, will be disappointed this year, according to naturalist Gerrit Jansen. The heather that turns the hills purple with its blossoms is withered by the persistent drought and will hardly bloom this year, he said to De Gelderlander.
Every year the purple glow over the hills of the Posbank - a national attraction - attracts thousands of visitors in the second half of August. This year they will be disappointed.
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.
A woman from Boijl was attacked by a Spanish Sayaguesa bull while hiking on the Wapserveld with her husband on Sunday. She was left with a big gash on her face, and a big bruise on her side, her husband Karel Bakx said to RTV Drenthe.
"The animal was on the path, so we always go around it", Bakx said. Normally nothing happens, but this time the bull attacked his wife. "We were still lucky", Bakx said to the broadcaster after describing his wife's injuries.
Heavy snowfall and a code red weather warning from meteorological institute KMNI forced a number of businesses, schools, daycares and universities to close early on Monday. Despite the miserable weather, traffic information service VID expects few traffic jams during evening rush hour, as many people left for home early or worked from home today.
A 66-year-old woman from Doesburg was rushed and injured by a Scottish Highlander cow while walking in the Posbank nature reserve a few weeks ago. The cow left her with a deep cut in the stomach, that is still undergoing treatment. Natuurmonumenten will reimburse the woman for all damages she suffered, forester Jeroen de Koe said, according to NOS. "It is our animals and it is our responsiblity."
An unusual natural phenomenon is happening on the island of Texel - lake Wagejot has been pink for several days. Nature conservation service Natuurmonumenten believes the color is the result of drought on the island - the water's high salt content is reacting to micro algae, the Telegraaf reports.
"We've never seen this before. From one day to another, the brackish water changed from gray-green to flamingo-pink", forest guard Eckard Boot of Natuurmonumenten said to the newspaper.
Forester Wim Hoogstraaten from Oisterwijk almost couldn't believe his eyes when he spotted a bright pink grasshopper at the visitors' center of Natuurmonumenten in Oisterwijk on Tuesday. Luckily he got over his shock quickly enough to snap a picture.
Forester Frans Kapteijns describes the pink grasshopper as a "very special species", and very rare in the province of Noord-Brabant. "You mostly see them in limestone areas", he said to Omroep Brabant.
Bird watchers in Rotterdam and Den Bosch reported multiple sightings of the extremely rare bearded vulture, Waarneming.nl announced on Monday. With a wingspan of up to 2.8 meters, the bearded vulture is the largest bird of prey in Europe, ANP reports.
The bearded vulture does not naturally occur in the Netherlands. Nature reservation agency Natuurmonumenten expects that the bird will soon leave our country. Bearded vultures mainly feed on carcasses of large animals, something that's hard to find in the Netherlands.
Hundreds of people and several organizations are appealing to the Council of State against proposed exploratory drilling for natural gas on the North Sea island of Schiermonnikoog
Nature group Natuurmonumenten is demanding that wild duck hunting be temporarily banned, at least until research shows why the duck population is dwindling in the Netherlands
In Limburg, eight wild boars were discovered swimming in the Zuid-Willemsvaart canal in Weert on Sunday. After a rescue operation from the fire department, the boars were shot dead by a hunter. Animal rights organizations and angry citizens are confused and angry at the situation, which seems to them not to make sense on several points.
The organization Wolves in The Netherlands is hanging a few dozen camera traps along the border to try and capture images of wolves who may be crossing over the border. The motion-sensitive cameras are being positioned in strategic areas to pin down where wolves could be roaming the country.