• Assessing the ecological impact of a planned road

    In a new assignment starting this month I will carry out the ecological assessment of possible impacts of a planned road on species and habitats in a European protected area. In collaboration with loc...

  • Developing a biodiversity monitoring network for Tilburg

    With the year coming to a close it’s great to be able to implement a new assignment for the city of Tilburg (the Netherlands). In the coming months I will propose a biodiversity monitoring network i...

  • CELEBRATING URBAN GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE

    Urban green infrastructure? What is that all about? Well, it’s a slightly technical term to refer to the whole set of green features in cities that together form the infrastructure via which plants ...

  • New book about nature in Brabant

    On 24 November a new reference book about nature in the Dutch province of Noord-Brabant was published. The book, Natuurgebieden in Noord-Brabant: Ontstaan, Ontginning en Natuurontwikkeling (Nature are...

  • Europe’s jungles need our care

    Did you know that Europe still hosts a number of ancient woodlands? Forests that have not been touched by humans for centuries and that are regarded as pristine. These jungles – or old growth forest...

  • Supporting the Biodiversity Information System for Europe

    I’m delighted to continue my long-standing cooperation with the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris, under contract to the European Environment Agency. Starting this week under a ne...

  • Pursuing benefits for nature and society

    The summary for policy makers of this year’s ALTER-Net conference is now published. Titled ‘Pursuing benefits for nature and society’ the policy brief formulates five key messages fr...

  • Greening an office building

    In a new assignment, I will offer ecological advice to Corpac House in Tilburg, the Netherlands. Continuing work from my time with ECNC in previous years, I will engage as ‘ecology champion’ to su...

  • Counting butterflies

    As of today I can start counting butterflies again! At least according to the protocol of the national monitoring network butterflies. The Netherlands Butterfly Foundation coordinates this network sin...

  • Inspiring day on ecology and practice

    This short report on the annual symposium on ‘Ecology and practice’ on 16 March in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, is available in Dutch only....

  • Supporting conference on Nature and Society

    In a new assignment with ALTER-Net, Europe’s ecosystem research network, I will collect the output from the many sessions at this year’s conference on ‘Nature and Society: synergies, conflicts, ...

  • Working together for Finland’s water heritage

    A deepfreeze day in the south of Finland; some 80 conservationists from all over Europe enjoy a bright sunlit sky and temperatures below minus 15 degrees. They visit some of the restoration measures t...

  • The downside of an agricultural export record

    Last week Dutch media reported in big headlines about a record that Dutch agriculture had beaten. In 2016 agricultural products were exported for an amount of not less than 85 billion euros. This make...

  • First assignment kicked off

    Working with the NEEMO EEIG consortium I will monitor LIFE Nature projects in the Benelux. The European Union (EU) protects over 27,000 natural areas that are of special European importance....