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70 of 70 people found the following review helpful
on 21 January 2008
There are two books on bats by Phil Richardson and both have the same title: "Bats". This has caused a certain amount of confusion and if either of these books are accessed on Amazon, one arrives at the same series of reviews where it is not always clear which book a review refers to. I certainly was confused. Both books are available at present.

The first book was published by Whillet Books in 1985. It was reprinted several times and a revised edition appeared in 2000, which has also been reprinted. It is a very good introduction to bats particularly the 16 species that live in the U.K. The writing is lighthearted and the zany illustrations by Guy Troughton complement the writing excellently. The book is given a very direct feeling by the accounts of the author's hands-on experiences in the field with the Northampton Bat Group. He explains many behaviours but is not afraid to discuss the things that are not understood. If you live in Britain and want an introduction to the bats that live here it is a must.

The second book was published in London in 2002 by the Natural History Museum and reprinted in 2004. This book complements the first excellently but has a completely different feel. Gone is the humour, and the drawings are mainly replaced with excellent photographs. Though British bats have a place, the author looks, mainly, at the differences in behaviour and structure that occur in the 900 odd species that do not occur in the British Isles. Like the first book, echolocation, bat detectors and general construction are considered, but as bats that live in warmer parts of the world do not need to hibernate they can have a very different life style and eat a wider range of food. Almost 1 in 5 of all mammals are bats and if you want an introduction to their diverse world you will not regret buying this book.
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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful
I found Phil Richardson's book to be a highly informative and entertaining introduction into the little known of world of a much misunderstood mammal. The style of writing is ideal for anyone with no or little knowledge of the subject and certainly never becomes too technical for the uninitiated.
The entertainment side comes from the inclusion of various amusing anecdotes of Phil's activities with the Northamptonshire Bat Group and Phil's own batty cartoons.
On the serious side, a wide range of information is offered on bat life. This ranges from the differing species in the UK, use of echo location, bat roosts, various aspects of bat behaviour, bat droppings, the work of bat groups, how bats are protected by law and much more besides.
I do feel that, due to the highly reclusive nature of bats, there is plenty of information on offer here that can be a real eye opener to anyone with even a passing interest in wildlife issues.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2002
Like his first book on Bats in the Whittet series, Phil Richardson manages to impart a vast amount of information in attractive, lucid text.
The colour illustrations and layout are to a very high standard. A natural gift to anyone showing an interest in wildlife, especially mammals.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 21 January 2008
I already own about 6 bat books, and I think this one is without a shadow of a doubt the BEST. It has everything : great pictures and very well written text. You will enjoy this if you're into bats.
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on 11 August 2014
Very informative but not at all stodgy. The illustrations also help to lighten the tone. Highly recommended to anyone in the least bit intrigued by watching bats fluttering by at dusk. This book will get you seriously hooked.
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on 5 June 2014
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Good read bat book very interesting tells you about all the differnet species and areas where they live
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on 27 December 2012
The book was a present and the reciprient is delghted with the wealth of information it contains for a novice on the subject.
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on 19 October 2014
Very informative, but would have been perfect with some photographs like the one on the cover.
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on 15 May 2015
informative but would have liked more on the british bat species
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on 6 April 2014
great book and great company go buy not everyone can buy new
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