I was recently asked to recommend some books on bats for someone starting out on their bat-working career. It created an interesting conundrum: you can only buy so many books at a time (though I confess I’m a massive bibliophile and that doesn’t apply to me), so should I focus on the books which fascinate and inspire, or on the ones which contain essential information? Tricky. So, I’ve decided to do both.
Here is my essential library of bat-worker books: the ten essential books that I hope somebody would point me towards if I were starting off with bats and intending to take it seriously. I’ll write another post soon, with my list of books that get me off the couch and fired up to look for bats.
The bat-worker’s manual (3rd edition) Mitchell-Jones & McLeish 2004
Bat surveys for professional ecologists – good practice guidelines (3rd edition) Collins, 2016
Bats of Britain and Europe Dietz & Kiefer, 2018
Bats of Britain, Europe and north-west Africa Dietz, von Helverson & Nill, 2007
Bat roosts in trees Andrews, 2018
British bat calls Russ, 2019
Social calls of the bats of Britain and Ireland Middleton, Froud and French, 2014
Atlas of the mammals of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Crawley, et al, 2020
Designing for biodiversity – a technical guide for new and existing buildings (2nd edition) Gunnell, Murphy & WIlliams, 2013
Bats in traditional buildings Howard & Richardson, 2009