These animals (well) get in the way of construction projects

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TXT lead image 1: a bat. Photo: ANP
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TXT 2 lead image: Beaver in the Arnhem city complex. Photo: EcoNatura
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TXT 3 lead image: Toad Naturjack. Photo: Pixabay
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TXT 4 lead image: Crested newt. Photo: Pixabay
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TXT 6 lead picture: Honey hawk. Photo: ANP/Buiten-Beeld
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TXT 7 lead picture: Sand lizard. Photo: Omrup Gelderland
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TXT 8 lead picture: Gill crab. Photo: Renee Krickells
Work on Huissense Waard in connection with the extension of the A15 motorway.  Photo: ANP

Work on Huissense Waard in connection with the extension of the A15 motorway. Photo: ANP

Zevenaar – The rare gill lobster still lives where the extended A15 will soon be. This will not delay the project further: Rijkswaterstaat will transport the animals. This kite doesn’t always fly, as we know from the past.

It’s a frequent topic in the news: construction halted somewhere because a rare animal was found. This has also happened regularly in our county in recent years. Some examples running:


A bat is perhaps the best known example of an animal that can shut down major construction projects. In Didam, the mere possibility of a bat living is enough to stop the pool from being destroyed. So the construction of the apartments was delayed.

a bat. – Photo: ANP

See also: Just maybe there’s a bat, so this pool won’t be demolished yet


In Arnhem, a beaver family living in the neighborhood of Stads is obstructing the construction of houses. For example, the question is whether an information center can be built without the collapse of the beaver castle at that location. Various interest groups prefer not to see homes in the area and have found a large stick in the beavers.

Beaver in the Arnhem city complex. – Photo: EcoNatura

See also: The beaver family keeps things busy

Netjack Toad

The Naturjac frog is also known as an animal that can thwart construction projects for a long time. For example, the Betuwelijn building. The multi-billion dollar project was halted when it became clear that it was going to pass through the habitat of the natrujak frog. Twenty tunnels have been built under the Betuweroute in the Rijnstrengen region, through which the frogs can migrate.

Toad Naturjack. Photo: Pixabay

crested newt

The developers of the Betuwelijn project also had to deal with the crested newt. This species lived alongside the natterjack frog near Angeren. A special habitat should be created for both types of amphibians.

Crested newt. Photo: Pixabay


For years, the tie has caused a struggle to build the Thermen Berendonck spa in Wijchen. The sauna can be added provided that a forest with additional fruit trees is planted as compensation.

tie. Photo: Pixabay

In Elspeet, badgers are currently causing people to be busy. According to opponents of the new industrial zone De Heetkamp, ​​the municipality is already busy digging there, while the judge has not yet decided whether there are really badgers in the area.

See also: The Nature Club surprised: ‘Nunspet municipality does not care about the court’s decision’

honey hawk

Windmill plans around Veluwe are perilously trapped by a honey falcon, a bird of prey. Windmills cause a lot of mortality, because birds fly against them.

Honey hawk. – Photo: ANP/Buiten-Beeld

See also: Birds of prey obstruct plans for windmills

sand lizard

In Groesbeek, nature lovers and the municipality of Berg-en-Dahl have been arguing about the sandy orchid for years. It is flattened considerably on a bike path through a nature reserve. The widening of the cycle path causes bad blood among nature lovers.

Sand lizard. Photo: Omrup Gelderland

See also: If necessary, go to court to save sand lizards

How about a gill foot crab?

It’s been a while since the A15 was extended, but that’s not because of the gill prawns. Because this animal, however rare, does not cause any delay. According to ecologist Victor Loehr of Rijkswaterstaat, the explanation is simple: “The Nature Conservation Act defines which animal species are protected. If you come across such species when implementing a project, it can have far-reaching consequences.”

Gill crayfish are not included in the list of protected species. “So there are no restrictions, if you come across them you can go your own way. Then you can decide for yourself whether to take action.”

Gill crab. Photo: Renee Crickles

So Rijkswaterstaat can simply choose asphalt over the rare creatures of Zevenaar. It will not come true: the eggs will soon go to the pools that have not yet been built in the area.

See also: Rare gill lobster eggs are transported to traffic A15

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