British Bats Hardcover – 3 Mar 2003
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‘John Altringham has the remarkable ability to explain the complex in a simple and easily understood style’
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Bats are arguably the most successful and diverse mammals ever to evolve. In Britain, one in three of our native land mammals is a bat. Their ecology and behaviour is fascinating. Few mammals live closer to humans; in fact many species roost unnoticed in our homes, and some are now almost entirely dependent on man-made structures for their survival. Bats are the only mammals capable of powered flight. They are also one of just two groups which have a sophisticated echolocation system (the other being the dolphins and their relatives).
In this book, John Altringham discusses all the different aspects of the natural history of bats, from their origins and evolution to their behaviour, feeding habits and reproduction. He also discusses the threats to the survival of bats, and how we are working to conserve them. Finally, he gives an account of how to watch and study bats in the wild.See all Product description
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The book covers how bats fly, why they take the form they do in relation to their food and habitat choices and how they locate their prey. The differences in behaviour are reviewed in relation to roosting choices and the effect this has on where you are likely to find a bat - or conversely help with identifying what type of bat you have just seen from the habitat type and geographic location. The book concludes with a chapter on what can be done by amateur naturalists to increase the amount of information we have on bat natural history - though if you are going to undertake the studies that Altringham suggests you'll have to understand statistics or get a basic introduction to them from something like Practical Statistics for Field Biology.
If you want a more detailed understanding of bat biology then Bats: Biology and Behaviour should be the next book to read after this.
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