Nature Round-up: Kangaroo on the loose on Lolland

Nature Round-up: Kangaroo on the loose on Lolland

Skipper is loose on Lolland?

No, not Pernille, the former Unity List leader… Skippy!

It is true. On Monday morning, a motorist driving on Lolland got himself a bit of a surprise when he came across a kangaroo.

The driver recorded a video of the animal in a field near the road (see below).

Police suspect he is a repeat offender
This is not the first have seen a kangaroo in the last few weeks.

Police – apparently some of their top investigators are involved in this case – believe it could be the same animal every time.

They have sent a message to the owner to contact them so they can try to catch it. The worries grow, it can cause one traffic accident.

No ‘One of our kangaroos are missing’ warnings
Nearby Knuthenborg Safari Park has been contacted by the police, but it lacks no kangaroos.

So if you’re missing a kangaroo – it’s easy to misplace them after all – or know someone who is, then the police are happy to hear from you on 114.

The government has new plans to protect Danish nature

The government has announced new plans for the Natura 2000 protected nature areas. “For the largest of them (over 1,000 hectares), nature must be wilder and take care of itself, instead of being controlled by us humans,” explained Environment Minister Lea Wermelin. The plan is in line with other plans, such as designating more forest areas as ‘untouched forest’ as in the Kalø Forests. The results will not be seen immediately, but should be visible in ten years.

Hundreds of dead birds wash up on the Danish island
Ornithologist Kim Fischer recently collected 200 dead seabirds in one week on Fanø’s west coast. As one of the initiators of the private Ren Strand Fanø campaign, he goes for daily walks along the coast to keep an eye on the seabirds that drift ashore. According to him, the dead birds are extremely thin and are likely to die of starvation. The same phenomenon has been seen on the beach between Grenen and Nordstranden in Skagen. One of the reasons may be that the marine ecosystem is changing due to the rising temperature of the water. This leads to a decrease in small water fleas and therefore fewer small fish that the birds can eat. Fischer will keep the guillemots he has found dead. Expert at Aarhus University will investigate whether their death has anything to do with plastic pollution. The other dead seabirds will be destroyed.

Extremely rare moss found in Denmark for the first time since 1978
Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have discovered a rare type of moss in the Maglemosen in the Gribskov National Nature Park – a variety that has been seen in Denmark since 1978. The liverwort is called ‘Common Stringleaf’, although it is not as common. In fact, it is so rare that it is on the European ‘red list’ of ‘almost extinct’ species. Lars Rudfeld, who is a project developer in the National Park of North Zealand’s Kings, says that Maglemose has many different types of moss. This makes it complicated to spot the regular mustache blade.

Sea eagles are making a remarkable comeback
With its long coastline and its many bird-rich sea areas and lakes, Denmark is a perfect landscape for sea eagles. Last year, 152 breeding pairs of sea eagles were counted. Together they had 153 pups. The figure is twice as high as expected 20 years ago when Project Golden Eagle was launched. Ole Friis Larsen, species nurse for sea eagles in Denmark, explains that they are still filling the gap after their absence. The Maribo Lakes are the first place they settled. The male in one of the two breeding pairs is the same as in the mid-1990s. He is now 31 years old and still breeding.

Golden jackal seen in Denmark
Last week, the regulation hunter and predation coordinator in the Wadden Sea National Park, Jørn Bøgen, was lucky. He witnessed a rare sight of a golden jackal. Like the wolf, it has begun to return to Denmark in recent years. It is not an invasive species, but rather a protected one. The golden jackal is confusingly similar to a wolf, although there are several visible differences: a golden jackal weighs less and has a large, bushy tail.

Insect biodiversity easier to monitor
Although much depends on them, insects have struggled in recent decades. It is estimated that 40 percent of all species are in decline to the extent that one-third are endangered. This justifies the importance of monitoring the biodiversity of insects, but so far the task has been quite difficult. Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have developed an AI that recognizes and registers the wingbeats of individual insects using sensor measurements. AI can tell scientists about the diversity of species in a natural area without having to capture them and count them by hand. The sensor detects the insect that has flown into the light source. The algorithm then uses the insect’s wingbeat to classify it into the right group of species, ”explains Raghavendra Selvan from the Department of Computer Science, who has been at the forefront of the development of AI.

Source: The Nordic Page

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