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Flying Squirrels!

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So here’s the thing. Any suggestions?

What’s this?

It looks like a normal urban structure. It’s a crossing.

There’s a motorway below.

So it must be a bridge.

The observant among us will have spotted that it’s a funny scale! And that it ends in mid air.

There’s no access?

Back in 2012, the local authority identified that two park areas on either side of the motorway had a population that had been severed. The motorway is the main link between The Hague, which is the seat of parliament, and Amsterdam, the capital of The Netherlands.

The parks, while very close, were very cut off from each other.

The solution?

A squirrel bridge!

The arial structure is connected by ropes to trees so that those intrepid little creatures can go from one park to the other.

That’s why it hasn’t got a staircase or ramp!

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A friend of mine who uses a blog to arrange social events posted about it too.

When it was installed there was some local news attention.

But here’s the rub!

Unfortunately (though you maybe can’t speak Dutch) you may not be surprised to learn that the squirrels have yet to use this amazing structure in the year and a half since it came into use.

The cameras indicate zero traffic. The spokesperson from The Hague says in the link that a year and a half is too early to tell and that food supplies in the squirrel wood have been good enough that they didn’t need to cross yet.

What do I think?

I see this as a classic human intervention plan that may have been well intention but equally well may have been overdone.

The creatures we care for often avoid the options we give them whether good or bad for their own reasons.

I hope they will start to use the bridge one day. I’ll update if it happens!

I’m still a bit curious whether they’ve found an alternative route though!

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8 comments on “Flying Squirrels!

  1. Uncle Spike
    May 4, 2014

    Cant imagine anything like that ever happening in Turkey, gotta love European outlooks on spending money 🙂

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  2. cheergerm
    May 4, 2014

    we have similar koala bridges here. I don’t know the statistics of whether or not the koalas use them but you have inspired me to find out!

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    • lizard100
      May 4, 2014

      I’d love to know! I’m torn between thinking it’s cool and crazy!

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  3. bee76
    May 4, 2014

    There are dormouse bridges in England which look very similar to this but can’t testify for there success or otherwise.

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    • lizard100
      May 4, 2014

      Dormouse bridge! That sound brilliant. There’s lots of underpass animal connectors. In uk hedgehog passes and toad crossings too.

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  4. Expat Eye
    May 4, 2014

    Now I really have seen it all! They can barely get money for bridges for people in Latvia!!

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    • lizard100
      May 4, 2014

      That’s why it’s so weird. It’s a crazy world we live in.

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