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NICHE Foundation

Nature Initiatives - Connecting Human and Environment

What we do, in short:

Project team

Educational projects, research expeditions, social media, publications and presentations are the focus of the project team's creative thinkers and go-getters.

NICHE provides all kinds of online platforms, of which the Facebook group 'Natuur in Hardenberg' (more than 4400 members) is the largest. We work closely with Natuuractiviteitencentrum (Nature Activities Center) De Koppel (beautifully located near the Vecht river in Hardenberg) where we have a physical home.


The autonomous volunteer platforms, like 'Nachtvlinderen Oost-Nederland', are another good example of how we work.

Field team

The field team carries out ecological research for various clients throughout the Netherlands.

Due to nature legislation, a building must first be thoroughly checked for the presence of protected species before permission is obtained from the authorities for renovation, demolition or renovation.

Armed with thermal imaging cameras, batloggers and ready knowledge, our bat researchers set out at night to map out the relevant species.

In addition to the research we carry out on commission, we also use our material to increase knowledge about bats worldwide.


Because nature does not adhere to man-made boundaries, NICHE is internationally oriented. Of the estimated 8-9 million species on our planet, only 2 million have been scientifically described. In short: there is still a lot to discover!

The data collected during our research expeditions is recorded on Observation International's observing systems. This makes the data freely accessible to anyone interested.

Research reports can be found in the 'portfolio' section of our website and for a vivid image experience with first-hand stories, the passionate expedition photographer can be booked. With this you also support our work.

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What do we stand for?

Our goal

Protecting and preserving nature and biodiversity.

Our method
• Gaining knowledge by recording observations.
• Education by sharing information, organizing events, activities and/or meetings. Sharing information about this through the media.
• To stimulate cooperation between existing initiatives in the field of nature.
• Conducting research into increasing and/or maintaining biodiversity.
• Cooperation with other relevant organizations and institutions.
• Offering advice and/or guidance.
• Carrying out further actions in the field of nature which the board believes to be useful, beneficial and/or desirable.

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