The Palearctic. Home to Hedgehogs and Hamsters, Ibexes and Ikea, good cheese, bad traffic, and crap weather.
Information - sometimes detailed, sometimes less so - on mammal watching in many European and the other Palearctic countries can be found in the pages linked to the right.
Resources - books
Harrison, D. 1981. Mammals of Arabian Gulf. George Allen & Unwin, London. A nice little field guide to the mammals of countries, or bits thereof, surrounding the Arabian Gulf.
Smith, A. T. and Xie, Y. (Eds) 2008. A guide to the Mammals of China. Princeton. This is the only guide to all the mammals of China. The illustrations and accounts seem excellent with enough information to identify just about any species encountered.
Hoath, R. 2003. A Field Guide to the Mammals of Egypt. American University in Cairo Press. The only holiday I've spent in Egypt I've been diving, but this field guide makes me want to go back to look for some of the surprisingly many - 100+ - mammals found there.
Aulagnier, Haffner, Mitchell-Jones, Mouton & Zima. 2009. Mammals of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. The best guide to the mammals of Europe I am aware of, and also to the mammals of North Africa and the Middle East.
Dietz, C., von Helversen, O. and Nill, D. 2009. Bats of Britain, Europe and Northwest Africa. A& C Black, London. Far and away the best guide to bats in the region. All species covered in detail with fabulous photographs, plus a key at the start. Too big for the field but one to have at home. (I'm always amused by the frequency with which the Brits like to describe themselves as separate to Europe).
MacDonald, D. and Barret, P. 1993. Collins Field Guide: Mammals of Britain and Europe. Harper Collins Publishers. Somewhat out of date now but nice plates, good field information.
Mitchell-Jones, A.J. et al. 1999. The Atlas of European Mammals. Poyser Natural History. Not a field guide, but has very good range information on every European species.
Hishashi Abe (Ed) 2005. A Guide to the Mammals of Japan. Tokai University Press. Is the best guide I have seen for Japan that is partly in English. Includes a page for every species with photos, measurements and other information. It also includes several newly described bats.
Hufnagl, E. 1972. Libyan Mammals. The Oleander Press, Cambridge. I've never been to Libya, but reckon this field guide would be pretty useful if I did. There are some neat mammals there.
Moores, Richard, 2007. Where to Watch Mammals in Britain and Ireland. A&C Black, London. If every country had a book like this then the world would be a better place! The book includes information on 200 or so of the best places in the UK and Ireland to watch mammals and cross references these against every mammal species known to occur. It also includes list of various mammal related organisations in the UK.
resources - Websites
Mammals of Sichuan - an excellent resource covering all of Sichuan's mammals from the Burke Museum, University of Washington.
Bats in China is a great resource in English covering all of China's bats with pictures and echolocation call data.
Illustrated checklists of mammals for the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bohemia and Moravia.
Government atlas of rare species, with maps on important sites for each species (in French).
Mammal list for L'Indre (La Brenne and surrounds in central France)
Pyrenees National Park.
List of mammals for the Loire Valley.
Le Groupe Chiroptères de Provence has information on the bats of Provence (in French)
The French Mammal Society (in French)
A nice key for identifying Egypt's bats is here.
The European Mammal Assessment is an IUCN coordinated effort to assess the conservation status of Europe's mammals. It has a good deal of information on range, status, etc.
A very nice key for identifying Europe's Bats is here. And the extra material for identifying some species below genus level is here.
This guide to identifying the shrews of the Benelux countries is useful (its in French).
A decent guide to cetacean spotting in Europe is here.
A checklist of the mammals of Jordan
The Centre for Russian Nature Conservation's website has good information on Russia's parks and their mammals.
Iberianature is the "principal English language source of information on the net on the nature of Spain"
This is a nice paper on the bat of Syria and sites to see them.
The United Arab Emirates
THe Arabian Wildlife Journal site has some information on places to look for mammals in the UAE.
The UAE interact site has information on most of the terrestrial mammal species found there.
The People's Trust for Endangered Species run trips to see various wildlife in the UK (eg., helping with mammal trapping and bat work) and overseas.
This Arabian Wildlife Journal site has some information on places to look for mammals in the Yemen.
An historical biogeography of Yemeni mammals.