For as long as I can remember I have a profound fascination for that grande dame of planet Earth: biodiversity. Especially for everything that crawled, walked, ran, flee, swam, hopped and slithered. Life was on its best when I was catching frogs, observing animals or just roaming about (=’struinen’). What fascinates me still is not only the sheer diversity of life, but its myriad connections both with each other and their environment. In general I like pretty much everything (ticks and mosquitoes excluded…). In that I mirror very much the good old-fashioned naturalists from times long past (though with better hygiene), with a particular fondness for amphibians, mammals and insects.