‘Nature is falling over due to drought in a number of places’

Nature monuments pleads with provinces and water boards for a faster approach to drought in nature areas. After three years of drought, the resulting damage to flora and fauna is becoming increasingly difficult to repair. The nature organisation writes on its website.

In a number of places nature is falling over, especially on higher sandy soils

The nature organization advocates a robust nature with a healthy climate-proof household. A nature that is more resistant to weather extremes can even help counteract the effects, according to Natuurmonumenten.

Heather died

The heathland has turned a beautiful purple in recent weeks, but in many places in the Netherlands the heathland has partly died off, especially on the higher sandy soils in Drenthe, Friesland, Gelderland and Noord-Brabant. Butterflies that have to make do with the heathland also suffer from this.

The drought also leaves its traces in the woods. Last year, foresters mainly saw old oaks, beeches and conifers fall down, due to a combination of drought and other factors such as tree diseases, tree infestations and the precipitation of nitrogen. This year, younger deciduous trees are also dying off.

Wild high and low moors have dried up, as have fens and brook valleys.

Dramatic decay

All this has repercussions on animal life. The meadow birds look remarkably bad after an early, dry spring. This had its influence on the breeding season. Species like the black-tailed godwit and lapwing showed a dramatic decline. The marsh and dune birds also had a bad breeding season.

The drought also affects fish and amphibians. For amphibians such as the tree frog, garlic toad and midwife toad, there are fewer to almost no reproductive possibilities, because their habitats are practically dry.