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Britain's Butterflies: A Field Guide to the Butterflies of Britain and Ireland (Britain's Wildlife) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

D. E. Newland , Rob Still , David Tomlinson
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16 Aug 2010 Britain's Wildlife

This is a comprehensive photographic field guide to the butterflies of Britain and Ireland. This completely revised second edition covers in detail the identification of all 59 butterfly species that currently breed, as well as the 4 former breeders, 9 rare migrants, and 1 species with unknown status. The innovative, easy-to-use format aims to help the butterfly-watcher--beginner or expert--to identify any species they encounter.

  • Stunning color plates showing typical views of each butterfly, with similar-looking species grouped together
  • Photographs of egg, caterpillar, and chrysalis for all breeding species
  • Detailed species profiles covering: adult identification; behavior; habitat requirements; population and conservation; egg, caterpillar, and chrysalis; and distribution, with up-to-date maps
  • Sections on biology, habitats, how and where to watch butterflies, and other useful information

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; 2nd edition, Fully Revised and Updated edition (16 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190365730X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903657300
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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HOW I WROTE DISCOVER BUTTERFLIES IN BRITAIN

In 2003 I decided to try to photograph all the British butterfly species. Although it had been a lifetime interest, there were still many butterflies that I had never seen. There would be no timetable, my wife and I would just arrange our holidays to visit parts of Britain where we had never been before and we would try to find butterflies wherever we went. But I soon discovered that, for many species, finding where to look was more of a challenge than I had expected. Although there was plenty of general information, there was very little precise guidance about where to look.

So from a casual beginning in 2003, I began to research where to go and worked out an itinerary. Then, during 2004, the idea of a book emerged and a contract with WildGuides followed and this led to a commitment and a more serious timetable. But we were enjoying our visits and the huge excitement of finding new butterfly species for ourselves. By the beginning 2005, only a dozen species remained to be found (and photographed). Although this doesn't sound many, to find them still needed a great deal of activity between May and July 2005 because most of the remaining species were the difficult ones!

My advice to anyone who should consider repeating this adventure, is take your time. Do it at leisure when your holiday plans or business travel allows. Don't rush, and don't be too disappointed when it rains, or the wind blows, while the weather forecast still says "sunny and warm".

I hope to have given you some appreciation of what these good butterfly places are like so that you can decide whether you would like to visit them. Some are worth travelling miles for. Some are national parks with all the facilities that these provide. Others are just small oases where specialist butterfly hunters may find a rare species, with no facilities and barely somewhere to park a car.

In the book, I have tried to transmit some of the excitement of discovering rare species in the wild, while not disguising the problems that may occur. So take time to plan your trips carefully. When you are there, seek the advice of park rangers or wardens or fellow butterfly enthusiasts, because every year may be different from the last. Above all, wait for good weather. The key is sunshine. Without it you are unlikely to succeed. With it, you will have the reward of seeing beautiful insects in wonderful parts of Britain.

For more help in identifying what you have seen, you may find my two other Princeton WILDGuides books helpful: Britain's Butterflies (2nd ed), 2010 and Britain's Day-flying Moths, 2013.

There is more information on my website: www.discoverbutterflies.com

Good luck and enjoy yourself!

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"Undoubtedly this book is one of the best and could be used to help one find and then identify Britain's butterflies with confidence."--Nick Bowles, Atropos

"What is remarkable about the book is the 81 colour plates where the photographs of adults, eggs, larva and chrysalis are all depicted together on a background of vegetation. This has involved using digital image technology and it is strangely compelling."--Ray Collier, Highland News Group

"The images in this pocket-sized photo-guide are excellent and include pictures of eggs, chrysalids and caterpillars of all breeding species. Comparing very similar species can be difficult, but computer mock-ups helpful place specimen in situ. Clear text and page design make the book easy and fun to use."--BBC Wildlife magazine

"British Butterflies has to be one of the best Butterfly ID books I have seen. . . . This gorgeous guide will be a perfect gift for the budding wildlife photographer or butterfly lover because of the depth of information. With extra information on where to go to watch or photograph certain species throughout the UK this book is light enough to take anywhere. It has excellent quality glossy pages and I was really surprised to find it has a heavy duty plastic sleeve; perfect for being out and about. Wow what a fantastic book, this is what I've been after for years! All you could want in one beautifully photographed affordable guide book."--Gadget Girl Reviews

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide 27 Jan 2011
By Cicely
Format:Paperback
This book is one of the best guides on the market. It has a clear and precis text,excellent graphics and some beautiful photographs. It inspires you to observe in much greater detail these lovely insects many of which are in decline. I have found it to be an excellent reference book,it is light enough to carry with you as you explore the countryside and easy to use. To those people who like me wish to take photographs it gives a detailed image of habitat etc.which is invaluable
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kitchen Sink 2 April 2012
By Rotgut VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
A companion work to David Newland's quirky site guide, "Discover Butterflies in Britain", this field guide packs an incredible amount of information into a relatively small package. It is also very well designed and presented, with the facts being given in a very digestible and attractive, even artistic, way.

With all UK species described in adult form, in enough detail to clinch identification, and most shown in egg, caterpillar and chrysalis forms too, with useful site info and tips for photographing and watching these insects, as well as more factual pieces, there is sadly little or no room for the more whimsical elements of Newlands earlier work. Even so, he and his co-authors manage, somehow, to shoehorn in some personal opinions and appreciations of individual species. So the Orange Tip is "delightfully delicate" and even the humble and decidedly unshowy Dingy Skipper is "beautifully camouflaged". These little asides do make a difference and allow the authors' enthusiasm to show.

Since this is primarily a field guide, the photos are designed to nail ID rather than showing off the butterfly. So for the Hairstreaks, in particular, only underwings are shown. Even so, most of the photographs are stunning, many of the best By David Newland himself (eg, the Peacock, the Swallowtail.)

The small section on p89 showing the differences in wing markings on the various Blue butterflies is extremely useful, it is a pity this type of mini-guide could not have been repeated for the Fritilliaries, and other difficult groups, but identification is a more complex subject than it might appear.

The book is sturdy and sized to make carrying in the field easy. A short but useful bibliography rounds off a very impressive work.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good edition of Wild Guides 20 Aug 2011
By Tony
Format:Paperback
There are many butterfly books on the market and this is a very good one. It is a joy to pick up and browse. It comes with a comprehensive text with superb photography of eggs, larvae, and imago. It has been a joy to read. The book has a good quality feel and as it a field guide comes with a heavy duty plastic cover. Well worth purchasing.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT GUIDE TO BUTTERFLIES 8 Jun 2012
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All one could wish to know about British Butterflies is contained in this most informative guide. There are several photographs of each butterfly and helpful tips on behaviour;breeding habits;population and conservation; and egg, caterpillar and chrysalis stages which greatly aid identification. Simply the very best guide available. Grateful thanks to the authors David Newland and Robert Still for producing such a wonderful book. The forward to it is by Dr Martin Warren, Chief Executive of Butterfly Conservation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on Butterflies you can buy! 21 Aug 2013
Format:Paperback
There are so many butterfly books on the market but this has to be THE best book on British butterflies you can get in my opinion. You not only get to ID your butterfly with excellent clear images, but you get to learn about it with easy to understand well composed pages and chapters. There are some computer generated images to show the species in a better background but even these have been seamlessly done. From beginner to advanced if you love butterflies what are you waiting for, you need this book and Im sure anyone will really appreciate and enjoy the amount of information on each species.
I have used or looked at this book everyday since receiving this it; I love it as I really appreciate the work that goes into capturing these little guys on camera being a wildlife photographer myself, they are generally quite camera shy.
There are 558 stunning colour photos within this comprehensive guide but for me it was not only the gorgeous images of the butterflies but the detailed info on the eggs, caterpillars and chrysalis's that makes this guide stand way above the rest.

This gorgeous guide will be a perfect gift for the budding wildlife photographer or butterfly lover because of the depth of information. With extra information on where to go to watch or photograph certain species throughout the UK this book is light enough to take anywhere. It has excellent quality glossy pages and I was really surprised to find it has a heavy duty plastic sleeve; perfect for being out and about. Wow what a fantastic book, this is what I've been after for years!!!
All you could want in one beautifully photographed affordable guide book.

See my full review with more photos.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I already had a butterfly book, but many of the butterflies were in Europe rather than Britain. Also the illustrations were not always that helpful. In contrast this book is great for someone like myself, starting out with very little knowledge. I suspect those with more knowledge would also find it useful.

Each butterfly has a double page spread, with the text on the left and the images (of which there are sometimes as many as 8) on the right. This makes it very easy to flick through the pages until you get to those similarly coloured for a start - and then you can narrow it down by going through the similar ones more slowly. The images are photos and very clear.

Identifying is aided on each butterfly by a listing of similar looking butterflies and a map showing locations, and there is also a chart showing when they are likely to be flying. All of which I have found invaluable.

Aside from adult identification there is information on each butterfly regarding behaviour, breeding, habitat, population and conservation and eggs, caterpillar and chrysalis.

There is a section at the end of the book on identifying eggs, caterpillars and plant foods which I have not used yet, but I can see might be useful in the future.

All in all I'm very happy with this purchase and will now be looking to buy other books in this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars British Butterflies
A very good book for carrying in the field in a large pocket - a wax-jacket type pocket and not an ordinary jacket. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Mike W8
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really excellent guide for butterflys of uk
Published 17 days ago by Ros Coles
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Excellent Book. The wildguide series are really useful, packed full of useful information, good comparison photographs.
Published 1 month ago by Terry Cunningham
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Guidebook
Excellent field guide for young and old alike.
Published 1 month ago by Mark Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Bought as a gift for someone just getting into butterfly spotting. They found it easy to browse and it is well thumbed already.
Published 3 months ago by Anouska C
5.0 out of 5 stars Britains Butterflies
This is a great book with clear photographs and interesting literature regarding our local species.
I bought this for a friend but will be getting one for myself.
Published 6 months ago by David Rigby
5.0 out of 5 stars Butterfly bonanza
Excellent and well illustrated guide to British butterflies. Essential book for identifying the rarer species and differences between male & female.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on butterflies I have found
I heard about this book at a 1 day butterfly course that covered their ecology and life-cycle and identification. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars easy to use
compact size - easy to put in your pocket - great pictures and easy cross reference.
pages coated to prevent staining
Published 11 months ago by val platt
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Butterflies
Riveting book.
This is a lovely well written book with beautiful photos.
I would recomend this book to any body interested in native wildlife.
Published 11 months ago by Elisabeth Swainson
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