Social Calls of the Bats of

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The latest research on social calls, bats, communication, and classification.


If you are fascinated by bats and want to learn about their social calls this is the ideal book for you. This book brings together the current state of knowledge of social calls relating to the bat species occurring within Britain and Ireland, with some additional examples from species represented elsewhere in Europe.

To enjoy and fully appreciate social calls the reader must also have the opportunity to become a listener: each of the presented sonograms in the book is cross-referenced to downloadable ‘time expanded’ .wav sound files which are contained within a much wider library of calls for you to explore.

  • In this book you will find:
  • An overview of bats in Britain and Ireland
  • An introduction to bat communication
  • How calls can be classified according to their structure
  • The context in which calls are thought to be emitted
  • Survey methodology
  • Species-specific information for 23 species:
    • habitat preference
    • roosting locations and emergence times
    • mating strategies and maternity behaviour

Table of Contents:
Foreword by Dr Sandie Sowler
About the Authors
Chapter 1 – An Overview of Bats within Britain and Ireland
Chapter 2 – Introducing Bat Social Calls
Chapter 3 – Classification of Social Calls
Chapter 4 – Considerations in Survey Design
Chapter 5 – Analysis of Social Calls
Chapter 6 – Species Groups

About the Authors
Neil Middleton is a licensed bat worker and trainer, with 20 years of experience, having carried out most of his bat-related work within the UK and Europe. He is the managing director of Echoes Ecology Ltd, an ecological consultancy he established in Scotland in 2006. Neil has been involved with many projects to date, including the Bats & The Millennium Link (BaTML) project which he set up to study the use of canal corridors by bats in Scotland. Neil is also a trainer with Bat Ability.

Andrew Froud is an ‘Ecologist’ working for the City of London, within Epping Forest (Essex). He is a licensed bat worker with over 10 years of experience. In 2006, together with Keith French, he set up a 6-year research project, within a small part of Epping Forest, to examine habitat usage by bats in conjunction with the impact of habitat changes brought on by the site's Conservation Management Plan. In recent years Andrew has delivered presentations on this subject to course delegates, local bat groups, and natural history groups.

Keith French has over 10 years of experience with bat-related work, and is a licensed bat worker, both living and working within Epping Forest (Essex), where he is employed by the City of London as ‘Head Forest Keeper’. Keith gives guided walks, presentations and helps volunteers improve their skills. He is well-traveled, having recorded bats in some exotic locations such as the Amazon, Croatia, Costa Rica, the USA, and several African countries.

Bibliographic Information:

Publication date: 01 September 2014
Number of pages: 200
Number of figures: 144
Number of tables: 38
Dimensions (mm): 234 x 156
Weight (g): 430

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