Bat Detective: A Field Guide for Bat Detection Paperback – 1 Feb 1998
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, 56 pages, with diagrams throughout, comes with CD
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I was amazed by the first two pages in the book, called Bat Facts: for example, did you know that bats account for a quarter of all mammal species in the world, and make up half of our mammal population in Britain? If you love bats, this is great news. If not, bolt your windows!
The rest of the book describes how to identify the kind of bats you are likely to encounter near your home. Briggs and King emphasise that it is fascinating detective work (hence the name of the book). Of course, the ultrasonic echolocation sounds that bats create to hunt for prey, brought into the human hearing range by various kinds of bat detectors, are the main clue, but there are many others described for each bat in the book - where they fly, how they fly, and where they tend to roost.
There are three kinds of bat detector, and this book and the CD of recordings of typical echolocation calls, assume you have the heterodyne type, most common among enthusiasts and beginners. The book describes in simple detail how to develop the skill to interpret what you are hearing on a heterodyne detector.
Bats are everywhere, and you have may rare bats living near you, particularly if you live in the West Country. My family have found a fantastic new hobby, and this book is a really good starting point. I wish it had all 16 UK bats (we do in Somerset), but I still give it 5 stars.