How do bats cross a motorway? – the results!

I hope the plant enthusiasts among you won’t be too disappointed – in this article I’m talking animals, and more precisely bats! Some of you might remember an article I posted in June last year, about a specific bat survey taking place in Brussels to reveal the impact of large motorways on bat behviour. If…

How do bats cross a motorway?

I got the chance to take part in a survey organized by two local bat groups, Plecobrux & Vleermuizenwerkgroep Brussel in Brussels two weeks ago to answer this interesting question. In the East – South-East of Brussels lies a very large forest called the “Forêt de Soignes“. Now mainly populated with beeches and oaks, it has…

Urban ponds – wet and wild!

You have already been introduced to the “Parc de Woluwé” in a previous post : https://naturanaute.com/2012/01/28/parc-de-woluwe-en-attendant-lhiver/ …but this was in winter, a lot of things have changed for sure! For those who don’t want to have a look, it’s a large urban park in Brussels, with grassland, forest, large ponds and wetland 😉 One of the…

Parasol and cocktail glasses ?

No, this article will not really talk about parasols and cocktails. It’s just a catchy title to draw the attention of my readers, who, if they live in Belgium or the UK, are probably coping with a particularly dull and depressing weather at the moment! 😀 While recording flora with a local association (AEF) in…

Fascination of plants day – Spring in its best

Thanks to Tim from Notes of Nature 🙂 , I discovered that May 18th was supposed to be the First international “Fascination of Plants Day” . There is one thing for sure : in the heart of the European Union, Brussels, there was very little publicity for the event! 😦 Many activities were organized in European…

Unexpected biodiversity : the cemetery episode

When you think of cemeteries, you usually think of sadness, gloominess and death. But cemeteries are also peaceful and quiet places, where plants and animals can thrive with little disturbance… I visited the Cimetière de Schaerbeek (which is one of the 19 municipalities of Brussels) with scientists from the AEF (a Belgian association which studies…

Bat Friday

Tonight was my first bat walk with Plecotus (the bat group of the Walloon nature association Natagora) and the local association CCN Vogelzang in the Vogelzang reserve, South-West Brussels. I won’t show you any pictures because night photography and compact cameras are not really good friends 😀 …but this is a very beautiful place surrounding…

Ode à la Plaine

Comme certains lecteurs le savent peut-être, le campus de la Plaine est en passe de perdre sa quiétude…et pas mal de biodiversité! Les explications et détails du projet sont donnés sur ce site : http://laplaine.jimdo.com mais voilà un bref rappel concernant la situation. Les terrains de la Plaine regroupent un campus double (deux universités :…

Jardin Botanique de Meise…mais où est le printemps?

En ce lundi tout gris, un petit tour au jardin botanique de Meise m’a permis d’observer l’avancée de la végétation après les grands froids des semaines passées. La flore hivernale nous offre ses jolis atouts : des perces-neiges (ici une variété aux extrémités des tépales verts, Galanthus nivalis var. scharlockii) au Cornouiller mâle (Cornus mas) qui porte ses…

The Cathedral forest

Today it is grey in Brussels, very grey….the perfect weather for a tour in the Forêt de Soignes. I know what you’re all thinking : a walk in the forest in winter? Cold, wet and nothing to see! I agree for the first and second comment, not for the latter! Although it’s not as colourful and…