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Millennium Atlas of Butterflies in Britain and Ireland Hardcover – 1 Mar 2001

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  • Hardcover: 456 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; First Edition edition (1 Mar. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198505655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198505655
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 3.6 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 252,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"What a spectacular production!...It is an extremely important work and Im not surprised that it is already reprinting. What British lepidopterist would be without it! I'm truly honoured that my name should be in it." (David Attenborough)

The finest celebration of the British tradition of natural history (The Times)


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The Butterflies for the New Millennium (BNM) project has completed a comprehensive re-survey of the distribution of butterflies in Britain (including the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands) and Ireland, between 1995 and 1999. Read the first page
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This book presents the results of the five year Butterflies for the New Millennium project organised by Butterfly Conservation, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the Dublin Field Naturalists' Club in 1995-99. However, it is much more than just an Atlas - as well as maps showing distribution and changes of distribution, there is information on flight periods, abundance, population level, ecology and conservation - all presented in a clear, attractive and accurate style. There is also a wealth of background information, putting the survey in context and explaining its methodology, as well as discussing the results and their implications. While 15 species have shown evidence of recent range expansion, some quite dramatic, more worrying is the fact that no less than 29 species (half the British total) have shown signs of range loss in the last two decades. Most of these species are habitat specialists, something that makes their conservation more difficult. However, this book goes a long way towards providing the baseline information and, hopefully, raising the public awareness which are both necessary to start improving the current situation. Overall, organisers, authors, publishers and everyone else involved in the publication of this book deserve every credit. The publishers claim this is a book for everyone with an interest in butterflies, 'from amateur to naturalists to professional conservationist and policy-makers' and they are right. If you are interested in butterflies in any way you must have this book. It is the best book on British butterflies ever published. If it inspires people to take up an interest in butterflies and encourages conservationists and planners to carry out he conservation measures suggested, it could also be the most important.
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This is a major reference work. Whatever they say it's not a light-weight book designed to be pretty or field portable. M.G. Pennington's review is excellent, just beware the newcommer that this is 100% NOT the book you use outside when trying to identify the fluttering thing you are looking at. Get another book for that (I vote Tom Tolman's work for that). This is for understanding what that fluttering thing you have already identified was all about, or where you might hope to meet a particular type of butterfly. Invaluable. There has also been at least one update published on the butterfly conservation website, though I think that's since become a book in its own right. If you have any possible interest in butterflies, get a decent field guide and get this book. You'll unlikely ever need anything else on the subject unless you gain a really deep interest.
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I am only 21 and therefore much less well read in the field of natural history books than many, but I must say that this is the best wildlife book I have ever had the pleasure to read. This is the sort of book you can keep dipping into all the time and is comprehensive in its coverage of the British species of butterflies. The dot maps are superb compared to the low resolution, inaccurate distribution maps found in most butterfly field guides and give an excellent indication as to where the butterflies are actually found. A fascinating read.
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Provides detail information on butterfly distribution by species over the period 1995-1999 as well as some historical data from 1970-82 and pre 1970. The species accounts also cover habitat, life cycle and colony structure, distribution and status, European trends and interpretation & outlook. Detailed information is also given on habitats, recording & data collection, interpretation of data, patterns & causes of change and conservation. Whist much has changed in the 15 years since the book was published it provides a fascinating historical record and I can only hope that an updated version will be published in the future. A must have reference book for anyone whose interest in butterflies extends beyond the level of information provided in field guides
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This book has long been awaited, a lot of hard work has come to fruition, it is packed with up to date relavent information, for the Butterfly enthusiast. It is a must if you want to spot that rare species, Thanks to the editors and the dedicated team who were involved in compiling this marvel..
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A superb reference work. Lots of detail and background information on conservation status as well as historical changes. There have been considerable changes in recent years for some species but that in no way devalues the book. It will become scarce in the future so get it while you can.
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