The police and fire department suspect that a large wildfire on the Veluwe in Epe on Monday was deliberately lit. Some 100 by 200 meters of heather burned down. A suspect was arrested after a short search. "We had a good description", a spokesperson for the police said to Omroep Gelderland.
Between November last year and January this year there were four wolves in the Netherlands. Three of them are living on the Veluwe. The fourth roamed in Overijssel for a while, but has since returned to Germany, according to Wageningen Environmental Research, a research institute at Wageningen University, RTL Nieuws reports.
Ten different wolves visited the Netherlands in 2018, Wageningen Environmental Research (WENR) concludes after genetic testing on feces and DNA samples taken from bite wounds in attacked sheep. One she-wolf has been hanging around in the Netherlands for months and may be settling here, NU.nl reports.
Up to August traces of eight wolves were found in the Netherlands. Between August and October, two new females were observed, as well as one she-wolf also spotted multiple times earlier in the year. Wolves were spotted in Friesland, Drenthe, Overijssel and on the Veluwe.
Between 6 thousand and 9 thousand people permanently live in a vacation home in one of the Veluwe's vacation parks, Minister Kasja Ollongren of Home Affairs wrote to parliament. The Ministry investigated to gain more insight into the nature and scale of the permanent occupancy of vacation parks, NOS reports.
Sixteen-year-old Danielle from Vriescheloo in Groningen has been missing for twelve days. Her family are at their wit's end and are desperate to find her, they said to RTV Noord.
Danielle lived in a closed institution on the Veluwe. She disappeared while shopping with a counselor in Arnhem on October 26th. The teenager also went missing in September, but then her parents had a suspicion about where she was and she was found safe a few days later, according to the broadcaster.
The number of wildfires in the Netherlands increased significantly this year. So far in 2018 there were already more wildfire reports than there were in the entire 2016 and 2017, according to figures from alarmeringen.nl, RTL Nieuws reports.
In 2016 a total of 1,293 reports were made of forest, heath and other wildfires. In 2017 there were 1,530. The wildfire report counter for this year already stands at 1,728.
There is a very good chance that this June may be the driest one for the Netherlands in a long time, possibly even since weather measurements started in 1901, according to weather services Weeronline and Weerplaza.
Especially the middle, west and southwest parts of the country are experiencing record drought, despite some rainfall over the past days. The biggest rain shortages are in Twente, the Achterhoek, the northern parts of the Veluwe and parts of Noord-Limburg.
A wolf was spotted on the Veluwe. Experts from wolf associations Wolven in Nederland and the Lupus Institute in Germany confirmed that the animal is indeed a wolf,based on photo material. After disappearing from the Netherlands around 150 years ago, this is the third wolf to cross the German border into the Netherlands this year, the Volkskrant reports.
Despite improvements over the past years, the air in Gelderland is still anything but clean, according to a report from public health service GGD Gelderland-Midden. The researchers concluded that two babies per year die due to air pollution in the province and breathing the Gelderland air is, on average, equal to smoking six cigarettes per day, Omroep Gelderland reports.
State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and Environment plans to reduce noise pollution on the Veluwe after Lelystad Airport's expansion with a different flight route and by making planes fly at a higher altitude, she told the Tweede Kamer, NU.nl reports.
The number of vacation homes sold in the Netherlands increased by 20 percent last year, according to data the Dutch association of realtors NVM released on Monday. In 2015 the the number of holiday homes sold doubled, NU.nl reports.
According to NVM, the continuing trend can be attributed to the low interest rates. As savings yield hardly anything at the moment, more people choose to invest their money into a second home.
After over two years of investigation, the Dutch police arrested a group of Romanians suspected of stealing the cargo of at least 17 trucks while the trucks were on the move. The robberies started in early 2015. A number of arrests were made over the weekend, AD reports.
The gang drove a car up behind the moving truck. Thieves then got onto the hood of the moving car, forced the truck's cargo area open and threw the items in there into their own car. Other following cars kept traffic at a distance. The thieves mostly targeted trucks carrying expensive electronics.
The Public Prosecutor demanded 13 years in prison against suspects Frank S. and Souris R. for the murder of Alex Wiegmink over 14 years ago. The suspects were also charged with hiding Wiegmink's body, but that charge was dropped because its statute of limitations was reached, NOS reports.
For the first time ever a list of endangered habitats in Europe was released, compiled by some 300 experts from over 30 countries working for three years on behalf of the European Commission. Across the EU there are 28 habitats that are considered "endangered" or "critically endangered". Fourteen of these habitats can be found in the Netherlands, Trouw reports.
In the Netherlands, endangered habitats include tidal rivers such as the Westerschelde and Eems, reed marshes in Noord-Holland and Zeeland, bogs like in Peel in Brabant among others, and sand banks such as the Veluwe.
A golden jackal was seen in Veluwe on February 19th, the first such animal ever to be spotted in the Netherlands. The golden jackal was "accidentally" recorded by a camera trap during a study into ungulates by Alterra and the Wageningen University, the university announced.
For the first time since 2012, Dutch people spent more money on holidays. In total Dutch spent nearly 16 billion euros on more than 35 million holidays, a 3 percent increase in spending, according to research by NBTC-NIPO Research.
Roughly 4,200 new refugees were registered in the Netherlands last week, according to figures released by the Minister of Security and Justice, Klaas Dijkhoff, following a meeting with cabinet members. This influx of refugees could be attributed to the refusal of Eastern European countries to participate in the mandatory redistribution of refugees in Europe as well as Minister Dijkhoffs’ decision not to re-introduce border controls.
Amsterdam based photographer Albert Dros managed to take a spectacular shot this weekend. He and a friend went to the Veluwe to take some pictures of the Perseid meteor shower and the Milky Way, and as if that was not spectacular enough, one of his photos was photobombed by the International Space Station.
Dros describes the experience on his website PetaPixel. The two found a hill to use as a stage for some self-portraits in front of the Milky Way.
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.
Thursday was the coldest May 29th on record, with temperatures at the country’s meteorological headquarters in De Bilt, Utrecht never surpassing 12.0 degrees Celsius. The mercury did not rise higher than 12.3 degrees in 1983, the previous record for lowest high temperature, according to the Telegraaf newspaper.
Police are looking for 50-year-old Henk Vierwind, who has been missing since December 6. Apeldoorn police searched his home and property on the Mildert in Nederweert for clues on Monday. Witnesses are requested to come forward.
The storm that raged over The Netherlands on Monday caused at least 95 million euros in damage, announces the association of Insurers Tuesday, based on initial estimates.
Hunters expect it will be tricky to shoot off wild boar at the Veluwe, because there are many acorns, chestnuts and beechnuts this year.