RSPB Spotlight Bats

RSPB Spotlight Bats

by Nancy Jennings

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Overview

Spotlight Bats will provide up-to-date and exciting information to an audience already keen on nature and interested to know more about these fascinating mammals by detailing the biology, diversity, evolution, natural history, behavior, and ecology of bats, as well as their interactions with humans and folklore. These tiny, harmless mammals are frequent visitors to our homes and gardens yet, due to their speed, size and nocturnal / crepuscular habits, are extremely difficult to get a good look at and are little understood.

There are 1,240 species of bat in the world; bats make up around 20 per cent of all mammal species, but the taxonomic focus of Spotlight Bats will be three common and relatively easily identifiable species (Pipistrelle, Noctule and Long-eared Bat), and three more unusual ones (Daubenton's bat, Barbastelle and Greater Horseshoe Bat). Other bat species of interest, including some of the more charismatic ones (e.g. vampire bats, fishing bats, bumblebee bats, fruit bats, etc.) will also be described.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472950055
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 12/04/2018
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

Nancy Jennings is a biologist specializing in mammals. After gaining her Ph.D. from the University of Bristol, Nancy researched bats, shrews, hares, dolphins, seals, moths, and fish. She now provides editorial support to biologists and is the managing editor of the scientific journal Mammal Review.

Table of Contents

Meet the Bots 4

Evolution and Adaptations 10

Bats of the British Isles 24

Identifying Bats 40

Bats Around the World 58

Lifestyle and Behaviour 70

Food for Bats and Bats as Food 84

Bats in Culture 98

Bats and People 106

Glossary 124

Further Reading and Resources 125

Acknowledgements 125

Image Credits 126

Index 127

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