habitatcompensation, Heumen, the Netherlands
(Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management) is planning
to construct a two-way sluice in the Maas-Waal channel near the village
of Heumen in the Netherlands. For this project the vast part of the project
area has to be excavated which will result for a local group of badgers
in the loss of one main sett and ca. 8 ha primary foraging habitat. To
compensate this loss, ca. 7,1 ha arable land will be transformed into
high quality ‘badger (foraging)habitat’ by creating hedgebanks,
hedgerows, ca. 6 ha grassland and constructing an artificial main sett
and a wildlife underpass. When in 2011 the compensation area is functional,
badgers will be relocated from the old sett to their new home and habitat.
Poster Mustelid Colloquium 2010, the
diet of badgers in two habitats contrasting in earthworm densities
part of my M.Sc. study I conducted a field/labstudy on the diet of the
Eurasian badger (Meles meles) in two habitats contrasting in
earthworm (Lumbricus sp.) densities. The studie was based on
faecal analyses. Read and see more ->
Mustelid Colloquium 2007, Czech.
Pine marten Recovery Project, Nova Scotia, Canada
years ago the Wildlife Division of Nova Scotia's Department
of Natural Resources started a recovery project for
one of it's endangered species, the pine marten (Martes americana).
Fieldstudies were conducted to determine the habitat use and distribution
of the marten. Weymouth
area in the south of the province and the more rugged Cape Breton Highlands
in the north were the two major study area's including 12 research sites.
From january untill may 2003 I assisted the Wildlife Division with live-trapping,
radio tracking pine marten and habitat research.
of Common Weasel in Kielder Forest, United Kingdom
November 2003 I travelled to the UK to assist the Aberdeen Population
and Ecology Research Unit (APERU)
with a fieldstudy on the distribution of common weasel (Mustela nivalis
vulgaris). A footprint tunnel tracking method was used to determine
abundances of animals in different parts of Kielder Forest, a man-made
forest area on the boarders of England and Scotland.
on the composition of reptilian eggs.
an intensive labstudy of 6 months on the composition of reptilian eggs,
over one hundred eggs from 13 different species where analysed. Among
others the energetic contents and amounts of calcium and magnesium were
determined for both eggshell as egg contents. An article in Zoo Animal
Nutrition will be published within
a couple of months.
Read the abstract (PDF-file)->
Macro-moth capture in "Renkums Beekdal"
two week study on the reactive behaviour of macro moths to light involved
several nighttime trapping sessions. The trapsets where located in both
an open field and a forest area in nature area "Renkums Beekdal".
Mustela putorius dissection
roadkill polecat was dissected in order to learn more of the anatomy
and physiology of this mustelid species. More