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Bats of Britain and Europe

Field / Identification GuideIdentification Key
Allows identification of families, genera and where possible species of all European bats
Illustrated throughout with almost 700 colour photographs
Packed with information on bat behaviour, ecology and conservation

By: Christian Dietz (Author), Andreas Kiefer (Author), Wolfgang Lang (Illustrator), Peter HC Lina (Translated by), Anthony M Hutson (Translated by), Eckhard Grimmberger (Preface By)

400 pages, ~700 colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations, colour distribution maps

Bloomsbury Publishing

 
 
 
 
 
1 customer review
Paperback | Jan 2016 | #226330 | ISBN-13: 9781472922021
Availability: In stock
NHBS Price: £29.99 $38/€36 approx

About this book

This concise and definitive guide presents all 45 bat species that regularly occur in Europe (of which 17 are known to breed in the British Isles). The extensive introduction details the remarkable biology of bats and explores the latest findings in bat evolution, behaviour and echolocation.

This is followed by in-depth species accounts covering life history, conservation status and identification, including echolocation characteristics, and complemented by accurate distribution maps, with Bats of Britain and Europe illustrated throughout with superb colour photography.

Suitable for beginners, students, professionals or conservationists alike, Bats of Britain and Europe is the authoritative field guide for bat watchers – an essential reference for every bat enthusiast.

"The information presented is largely accessible to anyone with an interest in bat biology, conservation and natural history."
– National Speleological Society


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Chauves-Souris d'Europe [Bats of Europe]

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Contents

Bats – the mystery beings   10
Bat roosts   54
Tracking bats   80
Detecting bats   100

Identification of bats   128
Identification of bat hair from faecal samples   134
Species identification of hibernating bats   144
Species identification of an animal in the hand   156
Identification key of European bats in the hand   164
Detailed identification key to European bats – Part 1: bat families   170
Identification key to European bats – Part 2: horseshoe bats   172
Identification key to European bats – Part 3: bent-winged bats   174
Identification key to European bats – Part 4: vesper or plain-nosed bats   175

The bat species   200
Introduction to the species accounts   202
Fruit bats Pteropodidae   206
Horseshoe bats Rhinolophidae   210
Vesper or plain-nosed bats Vespertilionidae   232
Bent-winged bats Miniopteridae   380
Free-tailed bats Molossidae   382

Glossary   387
Bibliography   389
Index   394


Reviews (1)

 
 
 
 
 
Too small
By Colin 28 Jan 2016 Unconfirmed Purchase Written for Paperback

A lovely little book, and some lovely pictures, however, being little is its downfall. The identification photographs (up to 20 per page) are far too small to be practical and there are too many spelling mistakes. This book is too thick to be a 'pocket guide' and would have been far better being 100 mm wider and taller and a real coffee-table publication.

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Biography

The two authors are keen bat enthusiasts and experts in their field.

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