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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 2 edition (25 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199207127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199207121
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 1.8 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A valuable addition to the bat library of enthusiasts and professionals, this book gives up-to-date discussions on the special features of bats world-wide and their place in a modern biological context ... this is a good fresh look at fascinating aspects of bat biology and behaviour. (Bat News)

a useful reference for everyone from professional biologists to persons simply interested in learning more about the biology of bats ... I greatly enjoyed reading this book; it is an excellent contribution to the literature on the biology of bats. In addition to providing a useful account of the biology of the world's bats, the author has used bats to demonstrate how basic biological processes also shape the rest of our natural world. I believe this book is a valuable reference for bat enthusiasts ... and I highly recommend it to anyone interest in the biology of mammals. (Journal of Mammalogy)

The book is richly illustrated with drawings, graphs and tables that augment information presented in the text. The wealth of unanswered questions about bats emerges from the book, making it easy for student readers to see and appreciate the opportunities that bats present to a variety of biologists. This is an excellent book from one end to the other and I highly recommend it to students and colleagues. It is a book that meets its stated goal ... to use bats to illustrate processes and concepts in biology. When it comes to ecology and behaviour, he has more than succeeded ... Bravo! (Journal of Animal Ecology)

Not a casual coffee-table book and not a beginner's guide, this book is aimed at students ... it is a surprisingly readable, yet highly scientific, description of bat flight ... If you want to take an active part in bat conservation, you'll be much better informed by this book. (Crispin Scott, Wildlife)

this book provides an up-to-date and accurate picture of how bats spend their lives and will be an indispensable reference work for both professional and amateur naturalists (Ethology Ecology & Evolution)

...this is an excellent book for people with a genuine interst in bats...This will be an essential reference for bat enthusiasts... (Neil Willcox, Scottish Wildlife)

...interesting and readable book...Altringham's conversational writing style makes the book very readable, and he is genuinely fascinated by his topic...an interesting and enjoyable reference for students and scientists with an interest in bats. (Ecology & Evolution)

This book on the natural history and biology of bats is aimed primarily at zoology students but will also appeal to many amateur naturalists...The book is well illustrated and well referenced. (Aslib Book Guide)

About the Author

John Altringham is Professor of Animal Ecology and Conservation at the University of Leeds, UK, where he has been since 1989. He completed his BSc at the University of York, and his PhD at St. Andrews University, where he returned as a research fellow from 1983-1989. During his career he has travelled widely, studying animals as varied as tuna fish and tarantulas before focusing on bat ecology and conservation. He has published over 100 scientific papers, numerous book chapters, and two previous books: Bats: Biology and Behaviour (OUP, 1996), and British Bats (Harper Collins, 2003). He is also a regular advisor and contributor to BBC Natural History Unit productions for TV and radio, and is a member of a number of conservation advisory groups, including the Nature Conservation Panel of the National Trust. John lives on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales with his wife, Kate, and two children, Alex and Anne.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mike on 24 Oct 2011
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I've had this book about a month now and I'm only half way through it - not because it's heavy going but because there is so much information crammed in to it, I keep going away and looking up references for further reading on particular areas of interest to me (which means pretty much all of it). That is another thing this book is extremely well referenced so if there is a particular area you want to read more on, be it evolution of bats, echolocation, flight and flight dynamics etc etc etc there are some absolutely brilliant references in the reference list - for those not in an academic institution Google is your friend when it comes to tracking down references!

The book itself is an updated version of an earlier one by the same author, there have been a lot of advances (research moves forward) and he has taken the time to include these as well as adding a chapter/more on the conversation of bats.

This book is fantastic, as someone with a degree in zoology I knew all about flight in animals, but my degree was a few years ago now and the treatment that Altringham gives to the issue of flight is amazing. He takes it right back to first principles of an aerofoil and builds on that, though if you want to skip the equations and the like then the chapter on flight is still very readable.

This book spans and bridges from hobbyist/armature ecologists through professional ecologist to those conducting cutting edge research on bats.
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Good intro book on Bats 27 Jun 2013
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I bought this book because I've started studying bats and it was recommended by friends who are studying bats for their graduate studies. The book provides a nice introduction on bats. The book is fairly non-technical and should help me jump into more technical books and the primary literature. The book would accessible to undergraduates and intro-level graduate students.
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