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HAMLYN GUIDE TO BATS OF BRITAIN AND EUROPE (Hamlyn Field Guides) Hardcover – 24 Jun 1993

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hamlyn; New edition edition (24 Jun. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0600579654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0600579656
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,187,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If I hadn't chanced upon a copy of this book in the library, I wouldn't have considered buying it simply because it is a few years old. Bats are an under-studied creature as it is, and undoubtedly species distribution has changed since 1993, as well as new discoveries having been made. However, it really is a good little reference book, far better than another book I had purchased (one of two or three entitled 'Bats' by Phil Richardson).

The opening chapters cover different aspects in the life of bats: e.g. echolocation; harems and nurseries; social behaviour and migration, amongst other things. Each chapter is fascinating, accompanied by copious amounts of colour photos and line drawings. After this, each species of British and European bat is dealt with in a style like a bird book, although in more depth than most bird books(multiple pages to each species). And after this, there is a section of identification keys, featuring close-up black and white photos of ears and other body parts to aid identification. And that's not all. Next comes a series of sonagrams to help identify bat calls, and finally a table listing further general information about each species for quick access (for example, whether they migrate or are sedentary and maximum recorded ages).

There's an awful lot of information packed into this guide, all written in an approachable style. If a more up-to-date edition of this book has not been published I certainly would not hesitate to buy this, even if it was published in 1993.
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This is a photographic field guide, complete with photographic keys, to the bats of Europe. Or "Britain and Europe", as the insular English of Perfidious Albion still calls the western panhandle of Eurasia.

I'm sure this is the book for you, if you want to know what kind of bat just got stuck in your long hair, invaded your winter quarters or gave your dog rabies...

In plain English, if you have bats in the belfry, just go ahead and buy "A guide to bats of Britain and Europe" by Wilfried Schober, Eckard Grimmberger and consultant editor Dr. Robert E. Stebbings.

Yeah, really.
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This is a photographic field guide, complete with photographic keys, to the bats of Europe. Or "Britain and Europe", as the insular English of Perfidious Albion still calls the western panhandle of Eurasia.

I'm sure this is the book for you, if you want to know what kind of bat just got stuck in your long hair, invaded your winter quarters or gave your dog rabies...

In plain English, if you have bats in the belfry, just go ahead and buy "A guide to bats of Britain and Europe" by Wilfried Schober, Eckard Grimmberger and consultant editor Dr. Robert E. Stebbings.

Yeah, really.
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