SECEMU Conference en 212x300SECEMU has been active in bat research and conservation in Spain since 1989 but has recently opened up to accept members from Portugal and Gibraltar with the intention of creating a pan-Iberian association. In this light, we held our last biennial conference in Vairão, Portugal in 2016 which attracted almost 100 delegates from Spain, Portugal and Gibraltar with a common goal: an interest in bats and the unique characteristics of the Iberian populations. These included researchers, ecologists, conservationists, managers and students not only from Iberia but also from across Europe and North Africa. This last conference was the first SECEMU event to have been held outside Spain in an Iberian context and we are delighted to announce that Gibraltar has been chosen as the host city for this year’s conference.

This year’s conference is being organised by the Gibraltar Museum and will be held on the 7th & 8th December 2018 at the University of Gibraltar. We hope that the 7th Conference in Gibraltar will be a great forum for communication and learning for all involved and that it will continue to open doors for collaboration on bat research and conservation projects within and between Iberian countries and beyond.

amsfThe first volume of the new Atlas des mammifères sauvages de France has recently been published by the Natural History Museum in Paris. Coordinated by Audrey Savouré-Soubelet, Stéphane Aulagnier, Patrick Haffner, François Moutou, Olivier Van Canneyt,Jean‑Benoît Charrassin & Vincent Ridoux, the 480 page book covers marine mammals in both themetropolitan and overseas territories of France.

With the second largest exclusive economic zone in the world (in excess of 11 000 000 km2), the metropolitan and overseas territories of France are host to 71 species of marine mammals. This book – the first of a series focusing on the wild mammals of France – marks a considerable progress in knowledge on the distribution of the 16 Carnivora, 53 Cetartiodactyla and 2 Sirenia found in the French waters. It synthesizes over 90 000 observation data collected since 2000 by some thirty agencies.This volume is organized in two complementary main sections. In the first, species monographs provide scientists and naturalists with up-todate information on the distribution, biology, population dynamics, threats and ongoing monitoring and management actions for each species. In the second part, in order to meet the needs of managers and administrative authorities, geographical monographs offer a summarized presentation of nine oceanic regions and the species found in each of them: North-East Atlantic (metropolitan France), North-West Atlantic (Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon), Tropical Atlantic (French Antilles), Equatorial Atlantic (French Guiana), Tropical Indian Ocean (La Réunion, Mayotte and the Scattered Islands), Subtropical Indian Ocean and the north of the Southern Ocean (Saint-Paul, Amsterdam and the French subantarctic islands), Southern Ocean (Terre Adélie), South Pacific (New Caledonia, Wallis-and-Futuna, French Polynesia) and North Pacific (Clipperton). The book also includes a summary of the different legal tools in place for the protection and conservation of these species.

An order form for the book can be downloaded here.

Wild Mammals of Morocco: Populations, Distribution and Ecology,  edited by S. Aulagnier, F. Cuzin and M. Thévenot, has recently been published by the Société Française pour l'Etude et la Protection des Mammifères. The work includes distribution maps for all species recorded in the second half of the 20th century, as well as data on their taxonomy, vernacular names and ecology. More details about the publication and where to buy it can be found here.

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.
 Our conference web page is now open for registration! Please go to http://www.leibnizizw.
de/registration-336.html or register directly at http://www.bayceer.unibayreuth.
de/bat2017/. Please register as soon as possible since you may then benefit from
the early-bird registration fees.
 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.