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On Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten and the Saba Bank there are a minimum of 35 animal and plant species that exist nowhere else in the world, so-called endemics. Additionally, 188 species are specific just to the surrounding..


Continue reading 13 February 2019   5 dgn oud

The Dutch Caribbean islands are home to the most extraordinary ecosystems within the Kingdom of the Netherlands: from pristine coral reefs to elfin cloud forest; the spectacular natural world of these islands includes species..


Continue reading 06 February 2019   1 week oud

The 4th edition of the Dutch Soil Animal Days saw 856 citizen scientists comb through more than 200 gardens and parks to find some 7500 soil creatures. Findings that stand out after this year's long, dry summer: woodlice have..


Continue reading 09 November 2018   3 mnd oud

In recent decades, there have been distribution shifts of several cetacean species in the North Sea. Harbour porpoises almost disappeared from the North Sea in the 1950s, but have made a spectacular comeback. Also on the rise is..


Continue reading 04 October 2018   4 mnd oud

The Romanian hamster is very rare. The species occurs only in Romania, but you hardly ever will see it even there. Yet nature photographer and filmmaker Rollin Verlinde managed to capture it on film. These are possibly the first..


Continue reading 28 September 2018   4 mnd oud

The first island of the new Marker Wadden is now open to the public. Visitors will be able to see for themselves how abundant nature has already become in this newest part of the Netherlands...


Continue reading 13 September 2018   5 mnd oud

In conventional farming most attention goes out to quality of planting material, soil quality, fertilisation, weed control and similar aspects. Surprisingly little attention is being paid to the importance of ecosystem services..


Continue reading 08 September 2018   5 mnd oud

This year four bison calves have been born in Kraansvlak, a coastal dune area that is part of Zuid-Kennemerland National Park. Including the newborns, the herd counts 26 bison. The past ten years in total 33 calves have been born..


Continue reading 05 August 2018   6 mnd oud

A seagrass species from the Red Sea is outcompeting the native seagrass species in the Caribbean, where the green sea turtle lives. These iconic turtles are seeing their grazing areas decline, because they have little interest in..


Continue reading 30 July 2018   6 mnd oud

As Arctic temperatures continue to rise, barnacle geese are increasingly at risk of arriving in their breeding areas too late. The good news is that they can speed up their 3,000 kilometre migration to the Arctic, by making fewer..


Continue reading 19 July 2018   6 mnd oud

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