Bat Calls of Britain and Europe - Pelagic Publishing

Bat Calls of Britain and Europe

A Guide to Species Identification

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  • Identification guide to 44 species of bat currently known to occur throughout Europe.
  • Contains 700 figures + maps + access to over 450 sound files.
  • Calls described for both heterodyne and time expansion/full spectrum systems.
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    • bat calls
    • bat detecting
    • bats
    • ecology


    A comprehensive guide to the calls of the 44 species of bat currently known to occur in Europe. Following on from the popular British Bat Calls by Jon Russ, this new book draws on the expertise of more than forty specialist authors to substantially update all sections, further expanding the volume to include sound analysis and species identification of all European bats.

    Aimed at volunteers and professional alike, topics include the basics of sound, echolocation in bats, an introduction to acoustic communication, equipment used and call analysis. For each species, detailed information is given on distribution, emergence, flight and foraging behaviour, habitat, echolocation calls – including parameters of common measurements – and social calls.

    Calls are described for both heterodyne and time expansion/full spectrum systems. A simple but complete echolocation guide to all species is provided for beginners, allowing them to analyse call sequences and arrive at the most likely species or group. The book also includes access to a downloadable library of over 450 calls presented as sonograms in the species sections.



    Essential reading for ecologists, naturalists and researchers.


    • Bat Calls of Britain and Europe is a scholarly publication that will primarily be of interest and value to bat biologists who conduct acoustic-related field research. This is true regardless of whether their research is conducted in Britain, mainland Europe, or elsewhere.
      —Danny A. Brass, National Speleological Society (NSS) News
    • Identifying species from bat calls is a complex business, and the book tackles its responsibilities to both novice and experienced bat workers with impressive thoroughness... An essential reference, and there can be hardly anyone who will not learn something new from the explanatory chapters.
      —Bob Cornes, Bedfordshire Bat Group

    About the Author

    Jon Russ first became interested in bats while completing undergraduate research into pipistrelle social calls as part of a degree in Zoology at the University of Aberdeen. This led to a PhD at Queen’s University Belfast investigating Northern Ireland’s bats. Jon has been involved in a wide variety of bat-related projects in both temperate and tropical areas. Jon is Director of Ridgeway Ecology Ltd, a specialist bat consultancy. After more than 25 years of involvement in bat research and conservation, he continues to be fascinated by these remarkable mammals.

    Bibliographic Information

    • 472 pages
    • 700 figures
    • BISAC SCI070030, NAT019000, SCI020000