Local Heart, Global Soul

November 27, 2014

Bridging The Gap Between People And The Natural World…

Filed under: LIFE,PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

There are some features in the European landscape that are totally unfamiliar to me as a New Zealander.

Of course, as a dual national and Dutch citizen I’m used to flat land, canals and windmills and since I’ve lived here I’ve gotten used to seeing castles and ancient buildings… but some things make me do a double take.

One of these things is the European “nature bridge” or “land bridge”.

New Zealand is a country the size of the United Kingdom and The Netherlands combined but with a population of only around four million people, it’s a country of small by-ways rather than of mega large highways.

It’s also of course a country with huge land areas for forests and wildlife so conflict between the needs of wildlife and people is not much of an issue.

Stock such as deer are in New Zealand kept in with special fences, but some sheep stations are so large that minimal fencing on small roads in the norm.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Larger agricultural stock such as sheep and cows have right-of-way on New Zealand roads, and Kiwi drivers know that drivers rarely walk away intact from an impact with stock so respect and caution is practised on rural roads especially at night.

In Europe there are so many multi-laned motorways and built up areas that stock are are more confined to specific areas, and with natural feeding grounds in other areas this results in a conflict of interest when it comes to animals like deer wanting to cross the road and these roads being six laned arterial motorways.

Europe’s answer to to this is the land bridge: wide bridges in strategic places across motorways that are fenced along the sides, the fences then screed with trees and planted further with trees or shrubs.

They are funnels that channel wildlife across road systems from one nature area to another and I think they are are brilliant solution to a very basic problem of wild animals and human beings living in close proximity to each other.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

1 Comment »

  1. I think these natural bridges are a great idea – not only for the wildlife, but nicer for the motorist to look at. 🙂

    Comment by Elaine - I used to be indecisive — November 27, 2014 @ 8:27 pm | Reply


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