Books about bats

The book with the title "Bats observe, recognize and protect" in the Kosmos publishing house published by Klaus Richarz, is an indispensable practice book for bat friends, which is recommended also by the nature protection federation. The book itself contains 125 color photos and has exactly the right size as a paperback book.


In the introduction, the historical development of the bat is discussed. "Bats observe" is the name of the largest section in this book, which is divided into four chapters. With the chapters spring, summer, autumn and winter Richarz gives an insight into the bat year, which is also illustrated in a diagram. On the basis of practical tips, the reader is introduced to the bat observation. Here, in addition to great building instructions for bat boxes, the correct handling of bats in the house and garden is also described. The tasks of a bat warden, and the importance of public relations, are also described here in detail. In the chapter "Bats in the portrait" then 32 of the 52 bat species native to Europe are described in detail. In addition to characteristics, distribution and way of life is also referred to similar species. In the last chapter "Bats protect" on the endangerment of the bats as well as their protection is dealt with.


I can highly recommend the book "Observe, recognize and protect bats" to everyone who wants to learn more about bats and their protection. The book is also suitable for beginners who z.B. Just want to watch bats in the evening. Even as a "bat connoisseur" I could take away some, for me new, information from this book. Especially the 32 portraits of the individual bat species I personally consider very successful. Furthermore, the photos are of excellent quality.

For those of you who want to learn more about bats, I would like to recommend the book "Die Fledermause Europas – kennen, bestimmen, schutzen". This book is with its 700 color photos as well as its exact determination keys, in my opinion, one of the best bat books on the German-language market.

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Knowing, identifying and protecting the bats of Europe

Who is interested in bats and wants to acquire more than only basic knowledge, does not come around the Kosmos nature guide "The bats of Europe know, determine and protect" by Christian Diez and Andreas Kiefer. This comprehensive standard work with its 700 detailed color photos, 44 distribution maps and 50 detailed drawings is in my opinion one of the best bat books currently on the market.


One notices already with the preface that the two enthusiastic bat researchers Diez and Kiefer want to obtain more than only basic knowledge. For example, the book begins with an interesting mix of bat records. Afterwards the different habitats of the bat are represented and also the many sources of danger are lit up. Also the human interference into nature with its negative sides is not ignored, since naturally a not unimportant part of this book is concerned with the bat protection. Bat enthusiasts will be delighted to turn to the chapter on "Bat roosts" for really valuable tips on creating, maintaining and designing bat roosts. Why not to create a bat paradise in your near environment?

Identifying bats

The emphasis of this book is however certainly in the bat identification. 50 pages explain how to track bats, and what methods of investigation and capture are available. In it also the echolocation and the making audible of locating calls of the bats by means of a bat detector is described in great detail. Numerous diagrams make it relatively easy to attribute calls to a bat species. Likewise, the determination of the bat species by their droppings is dealt with in detail, which is a not uninteresting alternative to catching the animals. But also the species identification of bats in hibernation is described in detail. Countless picture identification keys with comparisons of faces, ears, dentures, airplane skins as well as penises are attached to the chapter.

The respective bat species are also presented individually in an excellent way. Distribution maps, exact characteristics, measurements, locating sounds, roosts and habitats, and their behavior are beautifully described. Also their space use, food and endangerment is pointed out. Also the many portraits of the bats are of excellent quality. Also worth mentioning are the short descriptions of the twelve most important bat species which can be opened at the beginning and end of the book.


This book is suitable for all bat lovers who want to acquire more than basic knowledge or want to identify bats. In practice, the book, despite its size of 400 pages, is an indispensable companion and with each of my bat census with me. With the excellent photos and the detailed descriptions it is really easy to identify bats and clear the last doubts away. I am sure that the wish of the two bat researchers Christian Diez and Andreas Kiefer "… to let many young researchers and bat conservationists grow up with this field guide…" will come true.

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