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Irish Bats in the 21st Century

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By: Niamh Roche(Author), Tina Aughney(Author), Ferdia Marnell(Author), Mathieu Lundy(Author), Heather Humphreys(Foreword By), Mark Durkan(Foreword By)

173 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations, colour distribution maps, colour tables

Bat Conservation Ireland

Paperback | Oct 2014 | #219060 | ISBN-13: 9780993067204
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About this book

Bats are the most diverse group of Irish terrestrial mammals, with nine confirmed resident species. This is the first book dedicated entirely to these elusive creatures, published by Bat Conservation Ireland, a charity dedicated to the conservation of Ireland's bats that was formed in 2004. Irish Bats in the 21st Century summarises the considerable body of bat research and surveillance that has been undertaken in Ireland in the 21st Century, much of it by citizen scientists.

Introductory chapters provide background to bat work in Ireland, as well as describing methods used for identifying and surveying for these protected species. These are followed by detailed species accounts that cover current population trends, distribution maps, roost selection, habitat types and available biometric data for Irish specimens.

The final chapter summarises the many conservation threats faced by Irish bats and places these in the context of available trend information. Irish Bats in the 21st Century is an authoritative guide and reference, illustrated with colour photographs, and it is essential reading for any enthusiast of Irish wildlife.

"Irish Bats in the 21st Century is not just a useful reference for those wanting to find out more about bats, it provides valuable information for the professional ecologist and those with a duty of care to protect bats and bat habitat [...] In summary this is a well written, attractive book that celebrates the hard work carried out by many individuals in Ireland and, with its emphasis on validated records and standardised data, it will no doubt provide a useful tool and baseline for continued surveying, researching and protecting Irish bats in years to come."
– from the CIEEM award booklet

"[...] an elegant, well illustrated and most accessible scientific review and species gallery [...]"
– Irish Times

"[...] so I had the chance to read your book from cover to cover and found it very interesting. I particularly like the fact that each of the accounts followed exactly the same format and so allowed a comparison of the status of the species and current knowledge of the species roosting ecology. Its actually a very useful baseline tool, as well as a good read and if we had the same here I'd use it regularly."
– H. Andrews, UK-based ecological consultant

"Enjoying my copy! Well written, beautifully laid out and lots of interesting info. Congratulations to everyone involved."
– C. Heardman, Co. Cork


Ministerial Foreword   3
Preface   6
Acknowledgements   7

Chapter 1: Introduction   9
- Bat Identification   12
- A History of Bat Recording in Ireland   14
- BATLAS 2010   15
- Bat Monitoring   16
- Legislation, International Agreements and Threat Levels   19
- The Book and Future Recording   19

Chapter 2: Background to Data Used in Species Accounts   21
- Background Information   22
- Species Descriptions   22
- Records   25
- Roost Size and Roost Selection   32
- Seasonal Activity   32
- Core Ranges, Habitat Preferences and Roosting Habitats   33
- Population Trends   34
- Statistical Aanalysis of Trends   40

Chapter 3: Species Accounts   43
- Common Pipistrelle   44
- Soprano Pipistrelle   52
- Nathusius' Pipistrelle   60
- Distinguishing Between the Pipistrelles in Ireland   66
- Leisler's Bat   70
- Daubenton's Bat   77
- Natterer's Bat   84
- Whiskered Bat   91
- Brown Long-Eared Bat   98
- Lesser Horseshoe Bat   104
- Possible Vagrant: Brandt's Bat   112
- Possible Vagrant: Greater Horseshoe Bat   114

Chapter 4: Results: Monitoring Schemes, Distributions and Landscapes   117
- Annual Bat Population Trends in Ireland   118
- Bat Distributions   120
- Detector vs Roost Records   123
- Range Change   124
- Bat Diversity Across the Island   126
- Core Ranges and Landscape Suitability   128

Chapter 5: Discussion   131
- Irish Bat Populations – Threats   133
- Threats from an Increasing Human Population   134
- Threat of Habitat Destruction and Modification   137
- Threat of Roost Site Disturbance   147
- Health Issues   151
- Threat of Persecution   152
- Lack of Information   152
- Climate Change   153
- Current Bat Population Trends, Distributions and Threats in Context   154

Conclusions   155
References   157

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