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Campaigns against proposed highway past the country’s oldest nature reserve

Posted on June 10th 2006 by Arthur in Life in Holland, Nature, News

On June 30th the Dutch government will decide on a new road connection between Amsterdam, Schiphol airport and Almere. It is Transport Minister Peijs’ preferred option for beating the congestion in the area. Many are against this plan, as the new tunnel and highway will go very close near the oldest nature reserve of the Netherlands, the Naardermeer. More »

Report of our short road trip in France: Guérande, Carnac, Amorique, Deauville

Posted on June 7th 2006 by Arthur in Nature, Travel

Last weekend we drove down to Brittany in France and visited some nice places; we canoed in Brière nature park, saw prehistoric megaliths in Carnac, walked along the coast in Amorique nature park, and visited the medieval town of Guérande. Here is a short report of our road trip, along with some photos. More »

Lost Pelican living in Frieslandexternal link

Posted on May 25th 2006 by Arthur in Birds, Life in Holland, Nature

A Great White Pelican has been living in the Dutch provice of Friesland, where it was first spotted at the beginning of May. The wild bird probably became lost or disoriented during the spring migration from Africa, possibly due to inexperience. Pelicans winter in East Africa and spend the summers in the Balkans. The birds normally fly via Israel, when they float over thermal streams to conserve energy. While soaring the bird may have been knocked off course and not noticed something was wrong. More »

Excursion at Zwanenwater with Natuurmonumenten

Posted on May 6th 2006 by Arthur in Birds, Life in Holland, Nature

Today we had an excursion with Natuurmonumenten at Zwanenwater, an area of dunes along the coast with two large lakes. Normally, visitors are only allowed to go to the first of two lakes, but with two rangers we had a 5-hour / 20 km walk around the second lake, through the dunes, marshes, woodland and heathland. We saw many birds including eight Spoonbill. More »

World’s Longest Wildlife Bridge Opens In The Netherlands

Posted on May 4th 2006 by Amy in Life in Holland, Nature

On Wednesday Queen Beatrix opened the world’s longest wildlife bridge, Natuurbrug Zanderij Crailoo. The bridge is 800 meters long and bridges between barriers in preserved land in the Utrecht province. More »

De Alde Feanen, 20th Dutch National Park

Posted on April 26th 2006 by Arthur in Life in Holland, Nature

A new National Park was opened in the Netherlands today; De Alde Feanen lies in the heart of the province of Friesland. It has been a nature reserve for many years; with today’s ceremony it became the 20th National Park in the country. More »

Our visit to Ranthambhore National Park

Posted on April 22nd 2006 by Amy in Nature, Travel

On our recent visit to India we visited Ranthambhore National Park. The park is located near the town of Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan. We stayed at the Tiger Safari Resort and on our three safaris we saw many animals, including tiger, leopard, spotted deer, crocodile and more. More »

Driving around Noord Holland on Easter Monday

Posted on April 18th 2006 by Arthur in Life in Holland, Nature, Personal

Yesterday we drove around Noord Holland and visited some nature preserves along the North Sea coastline, here in the Netherlands. It was a beautifully sunny day. More »

Our visit to Keoladeo National Park

Posted on April 15th 2006 by Amy in Nature, Travel

Keoladeo National Park in Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India, was declared to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. We visited the park on 7 and 8 March, 2006. We saw a lot of wildlife, including many different species of birds, plus wild dogs, deer, snakes, and more. More »

Solar eclipse to be seen in Europe tomorrow

Posted on March 28th 2006 by Amy in Nature, Space

Throughout Europe on 29 March 2006 a partial solar eclipse will be visible. In parts of Africa and Asia, plus a small part of the Mediterranean Sea between Crete and Cyprus, and parts of Turkey and Georgia, the eclipse will be total. More »