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Patrick Barkham's Guide to British Butterflies

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  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: GTTV
  • Run Time: 290 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E9G19A6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,248 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Patrick Barkham's book The Butterfly Isles - an account of his quest to see all Britain's 57 species of butterfly in a single year - was a publishing sensation. Now Patrick has re-lived his remarkable year, travelling the length and breadth of the country, from the Isle of Wight to the Highlands of Scotland, to present this unique DVD guide to British butterflies. All the butterfly species have been beautifully filmed in their natural habitat, but this is much more than a basic identification guide. There's a separate film devoted to each species, in which Patrick provides a historical perspective; how the early naturalists discovered, described and named the butterfly in question, and how its distribution has changed over the years. There's a detailed description of the butterfly itself, both male and female, how to identify them and where to find them. Close-up comparisons are provided where confusions exist between similar species. For several of the iconic species, such as large blue, purple emperor and brown hairstreak Patrick interviews leading experts in their field including Professor Jeremy Thomas and Matthew Oates of the National Trust. The DVD also contains chapters on migrants and vagrants, those rare species that are occasionally seen in this country, and advice for new butterfly enthusiasts about how best to pursue their interest. The result is the most comprehensive and professionally produced film yet made about our wonderful British butterflies. The producer, Bill Smith, has had a lifelong interest in butterflies. After a career as a television producer and cameraman for both BBC and ITV, he has spent the last two years filming all the butterfly species, and working with Patrick to develop this DVD.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gives Pleasure and Instructs. 28 Nov 2013
What a delight these two discs are! They cover all of the butterflies which you might reasonably find in the British Isles and in just the right amount of detail. The standard of field photography is very high and Patrick Barkham is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable presenter who tells us exactly what we need to know (occasionally with the assistance of another specialist) and is well able to present his material to camera.

Aside from one or two very minor gripes, such as there being little indication of size for many of the butterflies filmed, anyone interested in finding out more about our butterfly population can do no better than to start here and even those already possessing some knowledge of the subject should also find these discs rewarding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Patrick Barkham's British Butterflies 9 Jun 2014
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I liked the excellent photo's & clear commentary.
It was easy to look up & check any British butterflies that needed to be identified
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