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Bats of Britain and Europe

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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

Paperback | Sep 2018 | #242635 | ISBN-13: 9781472963185
Availability: In stock
NHBS Special Offer Price: £24.99 £29.99 (Save £5.00) $32 / €29 approx (ends 31/12/2018)

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


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

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