Wildlife of Holland

How to manage wildlife in a highly developed country – Holland The Netherlands is a densely populated nation, but could be a good example of how to practice wildlife management in the coming century.

Ecoducts, Netherlands (Wikipedia)

The Netherlands contains an impressive display of over 600 wildlife crossings (including underpasses and ecoducts) that have been used to protect populations of wild boar, red deer, roe deer, and the endangered European badger (US Humane Society, 2007). As of 2007, De Hoge Veluwe (the largest nature reserve in the Netherlands) contains three 50-meter ecoducts that are used to shuttle wildlife across busy roadways that transect the park. For example, two ecoducts crossing A50 (a highway cutting through the middle of the reserve) have reconnected two forests and were used by nearly five thousand deer and wild boar during a one year period (Bank et al., 2002). The Netherlands also boosts the world’s longest ecoduct/wildlife overpass called the Natuurbrug Zanderij Crailo (sand quarry nature bridge at Crailo) (Danby, 2004). The massive structure is over 800 meters long and spans a railway line, business park, river, roadway, and sports complex (Danby, 2004). Monitoring is currently underway to examine the effectiveness of this innovative project combining wildlife protection with urban development.

Hania and Hans’s Garden Safari Photographs and notes of animals in a Netherlands backyard garden.

On Gardensafari you can explore the diversity of fauna captured with my photo cameras in my garden. Gardensafari helps you to identify all knids of creatures you can find in your home surroundings. The site consists of over 700 pages with articles on garden wildlife illustrated with thousands of photographs of birds, spiders, frogs, squirrels, butterflies, moths, centipedes, wasps, flies and dragon flies, beetles, ticks and other garden wildlife in and around a house.