Bats of Britain, Europe and Northwest Africa
This comprehensive handbook presents all 51 bat species that occur across Europe and Northwest Africa. Recent taxonomic advances and new species descriptions are included to this handbook, which is interesting for both specialists and nature enthusiasts.
The fact that new species are discovered in Europe, after a century of intensive investigations, indicates how complex bats are. The field of bat ecology, biology, behaviour and biogeography is far from fully investigated. This book was written out of the wish to preserve knowledge, particularly in the light of habitat loss.
The authors have aimed to find a form that is interesting for non-specialists and also has something to offer to specialists. The introductory chapters describe the biology of bats and the latest findings in bat evolution and echolocation. This is followed by a discussion of the identification and species conservation of the different bat species.
This English version book was first published in German in 2007. In this new version five new species have been added and there is additional information on species occurring in the UK. Also a table is included with the latest information on the species’ IUCN conservation status.
Title: Bats of Britain, Europe and Northwest Africa
Authors: Christian Dietz, Otto von Helversen and Dietmar Nill
Publisher: A & C Black, 2009