Britain's Mammals

A Field Guide to the Mammals of Britain and Ireland
Princeton University Press
  • 1. Auflage
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  • erschienen am 25. April 2017
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  • 320 Seiten
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978-1-4008-6603-8 (ISBN)

A comprehensive photographic field guide to the mammals of Great Britain and Ireland

Britain's Mammals is a comprehensive and beautifully designed photographic field guide to all the mammals recorded in the wild in Great Britain and Ireland in recent times-including marine mammals, bats and introduced species that have bred. The book features 500 stunning photographs and incorporates invaluable tips and suggestions to help you track down and identify even the most difficult species.

This easy-to-use book provides an introduction to the different types of mammal. Concise species accounts focus on identification, and include up-to-date information on sounds, habitat, food, habits, breeding behaviour, and population and status, as well as descriptions of key field signs-including tracks, droppings and nests-that give away the presence of mammals even when they are out of sight. Guidance is also provided on ways of studying and observing mammals-including small-mammal trapping, bat detecting and whale watching. In addition, the book contains sections on mammal conservation, legislation and further sources of useful information. Handy and informative, this guide is the ideal companion for anyone interested in watching mammals in Great Britain and Ireland.

  • Comprehensive coverage of all 126 mammal species recorded
  • 500 superb colour photographs carefully selected to show key identification features
  • Up-to-date distribution maps
  • Detailed illustrations of tracks, dentition and other identification features
  • Helpful tips for identifying tracks and other signs you may encounter
  • Latest information on status, population, distribution and conservation designations
  • Advice on finding and watching mammals
  • Englisch
  • Princeton
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  • USA
  • Digitale Ausgabe
  • 500 color photos.
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  • 500 color photos.
  • 468,65 MB
978-1-4008-6603-8 (9781400866038)
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Dominic Couzens, Andy Swash, Robert Still, & Jon Dunn

Foreword 7
Introduction 8
The biology and life-cycle of mammals 9
The history of Britain's and Ireland's mammals 12
Mammals - explaining the names and classification 16
Britain's and Ireland's mammals - an overview 18
The types of mammal 19
Watching mammals 26
Mammal-watching techniques 27
When to go mammal-watching - time of day 29
When to go mammal-watching - time of year 30
Small mammal trapping 35
Bat watching 36
Watching marine mammals 38
Tracks and signs 40
Mammal tracks 46
Squirrels and dormice
Red Squirrel Sciurus vulgaris 54
Grey Squirrel Sciurus carolinensis 58
Edible Dormouse Glis glis 62
Hazel Dormouse Muscardinus avellanarius 64
Small mammals (voles, mice and shrews), rats and beavers The identification of small mammals 66
Bank Vole Myodes (Clethrionomys) glareolus 69
Field Vole Microtus agrestis 72
Orkney Vole Microtus arvalis 74
Water Vole Arvicola amphibius 76
Harvest Mouse Micromys minutus 80
Wood Mouse Apodemus sylvaticus 84
Yellow-necked Mouse Apodemus flavicollis 88
House Mouse Mus (musculus) domesticus 90
Common Rat Rattus norvegicus 92
Ship Rat Rattus rattus 96
Eurasian Beaver Castor fiber 98
Common Shrew Sorex araneus 100
Pygmy Shrew Sorex minutus 102
Water Shrew Neomys fodiens 104
Lesser White-toothed Shrew Crocidura suaveolens 106
Greater White-toothed Shrew Crocidura russula 108
Mole Talpa europaea 110
Hedgehog Erinaceus europaeus 112
Rabbit and hares
Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus 116
Brown Hare Lepus europaeus 120
Mountain Hare Lepus timidus 124
Identifying bats 128
Key to the breeding bats of Britain and Ireland 130
Identification of the rare bats of Britain and Ireland 133
Identifying bats by sound 134
Identifying bats by droppings 138
resident bats
Greater Horseshoe Bat Rhinolophus ferrumequinum 140
Lesser Horseshoe Bat Rhinolophus hipposideros 144
Serotine Eptisecus serotinus 146
Noctule Nyctalus noctula 148
Leisler's Bat Nyctalus leisleri 152
Common Pipistrelle Pipistrellus pipistrellus 154
Soprano Pipistrelle Pipistrellus pygmaeus 158
Nathusius' Pipistrelle Pipistrellus nathusii 160
Barbastelle Barbastella barbastellus 162
Brown Long-eared Bat Plecotus auritus 164
Grey Long-eared Bat Plecotus austriacus 168
Bechstein's Bat Myotis bechsteinii 170
Natterer's Bat Myotis nattereri 172
Daubenton's Bat Myotis daubentonii 174
Whiskered Bat Myotis mystacinus 178
Alcathoe Bat Myotis alcathoe 180
Brandt's Bat Myotis brandtii 182
rare migrant and vagrant bats
Greater Mouse-eared Bat Myotis myotis 184
Northern Bat Eptisecus nilssoni 186
Particoloured Bat Vespertilio murinus 187
Kuhl's Pipistrelle Pipistrellus kuhlii 188
Savi's Pipistrelle Hypsugo savii 189
European Free-tailed Bat Tadarida teniotis 190
Hoary Bat Lasiurus cinereus 191
Geoffroy's Bat Myotis emarginatus 192
Pond Bat Myotis dasycneme 193
bats that have reached britain by assisted means
Big Brown Bat Eptesicus fuscus 194
Mexican Free-tailed Bat Tadarida brasiliensis 194
Silver-haired Bat Lasionycteris noctivagans 195
Little Brown Myotis Myotis lucifugus 195
Terrestrial carnivores 196
Wildcat Felis silvestris 198
Feral Cat Felis catus 201
Fox Vulpes vulpes 202
Badger Meles meles 206
Otter Lutra lutra 210
American Mink Neovison vison 214
Pine Marten Martes martes 216
Polecat Mustela putorius 218
Stoat Mustela erminea 220
Weasel Mustela nivalis 224
Wild Boar Sus scrofa 226
Identifying deer 228
European Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus 230
Red Deer Cervus elaphus 234
Sika Cervus nippon 238
Fallow Deer Dama dama 242
Reeves' Muntjac Muntiacus reevesi 246
Chinese Water Deer Hydropotes inermis248
Semi-domesticated introductions
Reindeer Rangifer tarandus 251
Feral Goat Capra hircus 252
Feral Sheep Ovis aries 254
Cattle Bos taurus 256
Horse Equus caballus 258
Red-necked Wallaby Macropus rufogriseus 261
Introduced ephemerals
Père David's Deer Elaphurus davidianus 262
Black-tailed Prairie-dog Cynomys ludovicianus 263
Siberian Chipmunk Tamias sibiricus 263
Coypu Myocastor coypus 264
Mongolian Gerbil Meriones unguiculatus 264
Muskrat Ondatra zibethicus 265
Golden Hamster Mesocricetus auratus 265
Himalayan Porcupine Hystrix brachyura 266
Striped Skunk Mephitis mephitis 266
Raccoon Procyon lotor 267
Asian Short-clawed Otter Aonyx cinerea 267
Common Seal Phoca vitulina 270
Grey Seal Halichoerus grypus 272
vagrant seals and walrus
Walrus Odobenus rosmarus 275
Hooded Seal Cystophora cristata 276
Bearded Seal Erignathus barbatus 277
Harp Seal Phoca groenlandica 278
Ringed Seal Pusa (Phoca) hispida 279
Identifying cetaceans 280
regular inshore cetaceans
Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata 282
Fin Whale Balaenoptera physalus 284
Humpback Whale Megaptera novaeangliae286
Killer Whale (or Orca) Orcinus orca 288
Long-finned Pilot Whale Globicephala melas 290
Bottlenose Dolphin Tursiops truncatus 292
Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 294
Atlantic White-sided Dolphin Lagenorhynchus acutus 295
White-beaked Dolphin Lagenorhynchus albirostris 296
Risso's Dolphin Grampus griseus 297
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena 298
offshore cetaceans
Striped Dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba 299
Sei Whale Balaenoptera borealis 300
Sperm Whale Physeter macrocephalus 301
Northern Bottlenose Whale Hyperoodon ampullatus 302
vagrant cetaceans
North Atlantic Right Whale Eubalaena glacialis 303
Bowhead Whale Balaena mysticetus 303
Blue Whale Balaenoptera musculus 304
Fraser's Dolphin Lagenodolphis hosei 305
Cuvier's Beaked Whale Ziphius cavirostris 305
Mesoplodon beaked whales 306
Sowerby's Beaked Whale Mesoplodon bidens 306
True's Beaked Whale Mesoplodon mirus 307
Gervais' Beaked Whale Mesoplodon europaeus 307
Blainville's Beaked Whale Mesoplodon densirostris 307
Pygmy Sperm Whale Kogia breviceps 308
Dwarf Sperm Whale Kogia sima 308
False Killer Whale Pseudorca crassidens 309
Melon-headed Whale Peponocephala electra 309
Beluga Delphinapterus leucas 310
Narwhal Monodon monoceros 310
Status and legislation 311
List of British and Irish Mammals 314
Further reading and sources of useful information 317
Acknowledgements and photographic/artwork credits 320
Index of English and scientific names 325

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