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Butterflies [Hardcover]

Matthew Oates
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Book Description

1 Jun 2011
Our unique fascination with butterflies has been a gloriously British pastime since the early 18th century, through the Victorian butterfly mania of the 1890s and two World Wars, and is now the popular pastime it has become today. This is a wonderful celebration of great British butterflies, whether you are tracking the elusive Green Hairstreak, Painted Lady and Purple Emperor in the wild or identifying the more common Small Tortoiseshell, Orange Tip and Chalkhill Blue from the comfort of your garden chair. This fascinating guide to the British butterfly will delight both beginners and enthusiasts alike, with practical tips on all aspects of attracting, tracking and identifying butterflies and how to protect these beautiful creatures for future generations.

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  • Hardcover: 104 pages
  • Publisher: National Trust (1 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907892052
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907892059
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 12.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 297,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matthew Oates is one of the leading countryside advisers at the National Trust and a world expert on butterflies. He has contributed to a number of natural history titles, including The National Trust Book of the Countryside. He lives in Tetbury, Gloucestershire.

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5.0 out of 5 stars How and WHY to be into butterflying 5 Aug 2011
This is a wonderful book. It is very easy to read, but it stays with you long after you have put it down - in its first half he describes interesting historical nuggets and explains the allure of butterflying. In its second half he describes each butterfly in turn in such a delightful way I found myself sitting and reading it from cover to cover; rather than just having it as a reference book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's beyond identification! 17 Nov 2011
By Lynn
In 2011 The National Trust sneakily produced a new book " Butterflies - spotting and identifying butterflies." No mention on the front cover that the author was Matthew Oates! And if this had just been a book on butterfly identification it would have been like having John Constable paint the back bedroom ceiling! Indeed as far as butterfly guides go there are far better ones around! But it is worth finding room on your bookshelf for this because it is a delightful read.

If you think you've been to a lot of trouble to see a special butterfly read the account of I.R.P. Heslop searching for Large Copper and think again! The book has much to entertain and amuse. And there is good advice too - like tips for beginners and sections on butterfly photography, gardening for butterflies and of course the section on identifying butterflies, which includes behavioural information that helps spot species. Mind you the book is not entirely good reading! Matthew points out that most people's eyesight deteriorates with age so that anyone taking up butterflying after the age of about 50 may have missed their best window of opportunity. He concludes "Sadly butterflies seem to become smaller as one ages"
Apart from that this book will give endless pleasure to readers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book 6 Dec 2012
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Excellent and well-informed text, sturdy book. This beautiful production makes a delightful and inexpensive present...so I bought it for myself!
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5.0 out of 5 stars great 2 Dec 2012
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great book great book great book great book great book .
buy it know dont delay as the mayan calander is apon us
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bring back butterflies 23 Oct 2011
Matthew Oates is one of our foremost butterfly experts, who spends many of his hours observing these insects, which is reflected in his text. This 96 page hardback, has a series of illustrations in the centre and a few in the text. But the strength is the text and one can imagine many National Trust [NT] members and visitors to NT sites purchasing it as gifts. There are sections on history, such as Victorian collectors vs the butterflying experience today. Photographers will pick up some useful tips, although there are no photographs here [these can be found in nearly all other butterfly books]. Each butterfly species is discussed and there is a short list of NT sites where one can observe species; including some of the best sites in the UK. There are also sections on butterfly gardening and how studies can be made. A useful, compact book for beginners, also of interest to enthusiasts who already have all the latest identification and other detailed books on butterflies. A lot has been packed in!
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