EMMA II - Updating the European Atlas
The Atlas of European Mammals was published in 1999, with most of the data being rather older than this. The Atlas is now out of print and the underlying data, though still available through this website, are getting more and more out of date. Is the time right for a new project to update the Atlas?
Since the beginning of the first atlas project in 1988, mammal mapping across Europe has improved greatly. Many countries have now published their own mammal atlas, or have a project to do so, and some have live on-line databases that can produce a new map on demand. However, the picture is uneven and our Atlas remains the only publication that covers a significant part of Europe in a consistent and objective way, using mammal records supplied by each country. It remains an important source work for anyone studying the distribution of mammals at a large scale.
A new atlas project would, of course, be a cooperative venture, involving input from mammalogists or mammal mappers from each country. For some, this may be relatively straightforward, for others much more challenging. An immediate question is whether it would be possible to extend coverage to the whole of geographic Europe, rather than just western Europe as previously. This almost doubles the area to be mapped and includes large areas where mammalogists are few and far-between.
If we believe there is sufficient interest to make this project viable, we propose holding a meeting to develop the proposal further. This is likely to be in the early part of 2016.
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Behaviour and Management of European Ungulates
A new book Behaviour and Management of European Ungulates, edited by Rory Putman and Marco Apollonio has recently been published. It contains the following chapters, contributed by recognised experts in the field:
1. Behaviour and management of European ungulates, Rory Putman and Marco Apollonio.
2. Valuing ungulates in Europe, Sándor Csányi, Juan Carranza, Boštjan Pokorny, Rory Putman and Mark Ryan.
3. Reintroductions as a management tool for European ungulates, Massimo Scandura, Marco Apollonio and Nikica Šprem.
4. Introducing aliens: problems associated with invasive exotics, Francesco Ferretti and Sandro Lovari.
5. Competition between domestic and wild ungulates, Roberta Chirichella, Marco Apollonio and Rory Putman.
6. Effects of selective harvesting on ungulate populations, Atle Mysterud.
7. The management of urban populations of ungulates, Rory Putman, Jochen Langbein, Peter Watson,Peter Green and Seán Cahill.
8. The management of ungulates in protected areas, Stefano Grignolio, Marco Heurich, Nikica Šprem and Marco Apollonio.
9. Challenges in the management of cross-border populations of ungulates, Carlos Fonseca, Rita Torres,João P.V. Santos, José Vingada and Marco Apollonio.
10. Novel management methods: immunocontraception and other fertility control tools, Giovanna Massei,Dave Cowan and Douglas Eckery.
11. Welfare issues in the management of wild ungulates, Frauke Ohl and Rory Putman.
12. Management of ungulates in the 21st century: how far have we come?, Naomi Sykes and Rory Putman.
The book is published by Whittles Publishing and can be ordered here.
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I have recently updated the website to a new system, as the previous CMS was no longer well-supported. All functionality has been maintained, but improvements to security mean that some previous passwords will no longer work. If you already have an account and cannot login with your password (or if you have forgotten it), please click on the 'Forgot your password?' link and you'll receive an e-mail allowing you to reset it.This e-mail will be sent to the address you originally used to register. If you cannot login and have changed your e-mail address, you will need to re-register with a new username and password.
Suggestions for improvements and any contributions are very welcome (especially some small pictures of European mammal species).
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Bechstein's bat in Luxembourg
A new monograph on the ecology of Bechstein's bat in Luxembourg has just been published in the first volume of Ökologie der Säugetiere to be produced entirely in the English language.
The monograph summarises an exceptionally detailed study into the ecology of this otherwise rather poorly known species across 22 woodlands in Luxembourg. Using mist-netting and radiotracking, bats were followed to their daytime roosts, the majority of which were in woodpecker holes. Being able to locate such a large number of roosts allowed the authors, Markus Dietz and Jaques Pir, to gather detailled information about the ecological needs of this bat and to make recommendations about appropriate forest management practices for this Natura 2000 species.
A wealth of detailed information is provided in a very readable way with many colour photographs and some very attractive drawings of the bats.
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