IrishAtlasCoverA new Mammal Atlas for Ireland has just been published. The Atlas of Mammals in Ireland 2010-2015 is the first publication to map all 72 terrestrial and marine mammals that occur in Ireland. Almost a quarter of a million mammal sightings were used to produce the distribution maps. The full colour maps compare the pre-2010 distribution to 2010-2015 distribution. The 200 page hardback book also contains especially written species accounts by 42 leading authorities on Irish mammals as well as chapters on: legal protection, the origins of Irish mammals, mammal research in Ireland, advances in genetic techniques and more.

The Atlas is now available to purchase online: http://www.nhbs.com/title/213914/atlas-of-mammals-in-ireland-2010-2015?bkfno=234271

Attendees at the Rome meeting

 Photo: Mustafa Sözen

The first meeting to discuss the 2nd edition of the Atlas of European Mammals (EMMA2) was held in Rome on 25026 November 2016. 33 people from 21 countries attended, though 2 were not present for this photo on Saturday morning.

The agenda, notes and report of the meeting can be downloaded by following the menu EMMA2>Documents.

Dear Colleague,
We wish to extend a cordial invitation to you to participate in the 5th International Berlin
Bat Meeting: Are bats special? to be held in Berlin, Germany. We have some important
new information for you.
 We had to shift the days of the conference from 10-12 March to 24-26 February 2017
(two weeks earlier), because we learned recently that all hotels in Berlin are fully booked in
mid-March owing to a convention (the few hotel rooms available are exceedingly expensive).
We hope that this does not cause any problems and apologize for any inconvenience.
Please note the new date.
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 The revised program is now available.

A new German regional atlas, the Atlas der Säugetiere Nordrhein-Westfalens has recently been published on-line. This covers 86 species of mammals (including humans) occuring in the Land at a resolution of 5 x 5 km. The atlas maps are interactive, so that clicking on a square will display the underlying biological record.

 

AtlasCoverLargeThe 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is now out of print and the underlying data, though still available through this website, are getting more and more out of date.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.

In order to stimulate debate and help us decide whether such a project is worthwhile, we have prepared a short discussion document setting out some of the challenges and questions to be addressed. We would welcome views on this and also indications of interest from national Mammal Societies, holders of national mammal records or others with an interest in the subject. Please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your comments and questions about collaboration.

Update

A meeting will be held in Rome on 25-26 November 2016 to discuss this proposal. An invitation for the meeting can be found here, the Agenda here and some notes about the topics to be discussed can be found here. If you are interested in attending this meeting, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

 

Bechstein's bat, cover imageA 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. 

La Nutria en España: Veinte años de seguimiento de un mamífero amenazado, edited by José María López Martín & Juan Jiménez Pérez has been published by the Grupo Nutria of SECEM. This multi-authored volume details the status of the otter in each region of Spain, based on work caarried out between 2004-6. Following this, a smaller number of chapters consider the reasosn for the poor conservation situation of this species and what might be done to improve matters.

gdmammiferesThe Guide des Mammifères d'Europe, d'Afrique du Nord et du Moyen-Orient has been published by Delachaux et Niestlé. The guide was authored by Stéphane Aulagnier, Patrick Haffner, Tony Mitchell-Jones, François Moutou and Jan Zima and illustrated by Jean Chevallier, Julien Norwood and Juan Varela. This is the first field guide covering all the 400+ species of mammals of the Western Palearctic, although it does not cover the Cetacea.

images/stories/hungaryatlas.jpgThe Magyarszág Emlőseinek Atlasza (Hungarian Mammals Atlas) has been published. Edited by Zoltán Bihari, Gábor Csorba and Miklós Heltai, this beautifully produced book contains accounts, distribution maps and colour photographs of the 94 species of mammals found in Hungary. Each species account is written by one of the 49 authors involved and there are also chapters about geology climate and the history of Hungarian mammals.

iucn mammal statusThe Status and Distribution of European Mammals, compiled by Helen J Temple and Andrew Terry has recently been published by the IUCN in collaboration with the European Union.

This is the first review of the conservation status of all wild mammals in Europe according to the IUCN regional Red Listing guidelines.

The report is available here. Warning: large file (11 MB).

 

danishatlascoverThe Danish Mammals Atlas "Dansk Pattedyr Atlas" has been published.

Edited by Hans J Baagøe and Thomas Secher Jensen, the atlas maps all Danish mammals at a resolution of 10 x 10 km, using the UTM grid.

The atlas is primarily the result of the Danish Mammal Atlas Project, which ran from 2000-2003. During this period, the editors, ably assisted by Tine Hansen and Marianne Ujvári, collected data from the public, volunteers and interest groups. As this three year period was too short to map all species adequately, the data were combined with existing observations from the previous one or two decades, depending on the species. 

As well as the maps, the atlas also contains a well-illustrated account for each of the 88 species, written by a range of Danish mammalogists. These cover the history, occurrence and conservation status of each species.

The atlas is, of course, written in Danish. However, there is an extended summary in English and many of the more critical picture captions are also in English.

The Large Carnivore Initiative for Europe has updated its website to reflect the fact that it is now a Working Group of the IUCN's Species Survival Commission. The site should now be updated more frequently with news about large carnivores, information about projects and initiatives and reports.