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Pocket Guide to the Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland [Paperback]

Richard Lewington
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: British Wildlife Publishing Ltd (1 Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953139913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953139910
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 11.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.9 out of 5 stars
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115 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Britain 23 July 2006
By Andy
Format:Paperback
In a short time, I've learnt to ID Britain's butterflies with only this book and a pair of close-focusing binoculars - it's all you need.

Lewington's illustrations (of all four life stages) are wonderful; that perfect marriage of science and art that makes such a field guide a thing of beauty as well as of use.

The supporting text, angled towards finding and identifying, provides a good amount of information for a guide of this size.

Other butterfly guides are burdened by European butterflies (440) that you wont see on this island; this book contains just the UK species (59) making it's SO much easier to ID stuff.

The one-page-per-butterfly format works perfectly and includes a distribution map and a chart showing when each of the stages is active.

I own quite a few field guides that I use for Britain, but in a house fire, this would be the one I'd grab on the way out.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic field guide 13 April 2007
By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have only recently decided to take my interest in butterflies further by trying to learn more about them, and to attempt to identify them on sight alone. Because of this, I quickly started looking for a handy guide to the butterflies of Britain, and finally decided upon this one. I am glad I chose this as my beginning in discovering and learning more about these beautiful creatures.

The guide is put together very well. Each butterfly has 2 pages devoted to it. Information included about each butterfly consisits of a small map of Great Britain to show where the butterfly can be found, colour illustrations of both the male and the female, as well as showing the colours and markings of the underside of the wings, as well as details of what stage they are in during which months of the year.

At the beginning of the guide, the structure of a butterfly is descibed and illustrated, along with information about the life cycle.

The author has also explained the butterfly families, as each butterfly is to be found within their family group.

For a small book, this has lots of valuable information. I am sure that I shall quickly pick up the skills to identify them and that I shall soon be on the way to knowing more about them - their eating and mating habits for example.

Although I chose this guide so as to introduce me slowly to butterflies by just concentrating on my own country, it has certainly helped to even further my interest and want to learn more about butterflies throughout the world.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't fault it at all 15 July 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Speaking as a birdwatcher who started on insects one summer when all the birds were abroad, this book is excellent. The illustrations are clear for every stage of the lifecycle, the distribution maps are immensely useful and unlike the Collins, the number of butterflies isn't overwhelming. This guide concentrates on Great Britain and Ireland, and as a result it can afford to go into quite a bit of detail on each species while still being small enough to carry round as a field guide.

There are also a couple of useful sections on Rare Migrant/Extinct species, and the more common day-flying moths. The thing about insects is that there are millions of them and not many people watching, so there's always a chance you'll be the first to see something unexpected.

As a field guide generally, this is among the best I've ever owned. I've mentioned the illustrations, but there is a section at the start which explains the characteristics of the different families and gives you a bit of background. Very useful and very high quality. I have no fear that this will fall apart out in the field.

All in all, a very deserving 5/5. Would recommend to anyone as a book for both the field and the kitchen window sill.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for British Butterfly ID 21 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
Bought this book summer 2009 -- plenty of butterflies around. The great thing about this book is that it's not full of clutter! Butterflies are illustrated in life-size. Has good description and clear area of distribution. As it is for UK only, not too many species, and a nice slim book to carry in knapsack whilst walking. Well worth the moneyPocket Guide to the Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the right size 17 Nov 2009
By E. Rees
Format:Paperback
This is just what we were looking for. Just the right size for the pocket when out walking. Good colour illustrations and size indicators for the entire life cycle. Identifying one chrysalis on the day we received it, to have it confirmed within a few days when we watched the new butterfly take wing, was enough to get us going.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars review 19 Jun 2009
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Excellent butterfly book, if you are interested in the butterflies of Britain then this is for you!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully illustrated guide 2 April 2013
By Ajay
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Covers all the british butterflies with concise notes on habitat and caterpillar food plants plus many other tips on differentiating closely related species.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and genuinely fits your pocket! 16 Dec 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
For a highly informative guide with beautiful illustrations of larval stages, male and female butterflies, distribution maps and highly readable text you should look no further. I'm by no means an expert and this suited me perfectly. I daresay those more familiar through to fully fledged lepidopterists will find something here.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent little book.
Covers all I need to know about Butterflies.Can easily be carried around.Plenty of detail all available on one pagor easy reference.
Published 1 month ago by JHH
5.0 out of 5 stars Pocket Guide to the Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland
This is exactly what the title promises. It is an excellent field guide. My only criticism is the high price for such a small book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Still Learning
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent little book
Good coverage of butterflies of GB and Ireland. Clear text and life size illustrations. Much better than the Dorling Kindersley guide which has miniscule text.
Published 5 months ago by D. Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought to replace a butterfly guide which I thought I had lost!
An excellent guide. It's best aspect being the life size illustrations but also the fairly basic information given. I like it.
Published 6 months ago by Duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant Book
A great pocket guide that will use readily, illustrations superb and interesting read, distribution of species good too, a classic
Published 6 months ago by Lesley
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Butterfly Hunter
Perfect book. Chrystal clear pictures, having fun on the South Downs searching for butterflies. Was greatly reccommended by our walking guide.
Published 7 months ago by Anthea
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect guide for a beginner
I bought this in order to identify butterflies (obviously) as an absolute beginner. And, I have found this to be an excellent guide with perfectly illustrated and acurate pictures... Read more
Published 8 months ago by MJPLEE
3.0 out of 5 stars Pocket guide to the Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland
This pocket guide to the butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland is handy to carry around. The pictures and descriptions are good. Pity it has no photos.
Published 17 months ago by Brigg
5.0 out of 5 stars Pocket Guide to Butterflies of Great Britain & Ireland
Great little book to take out into the field with superb illustrations by Richard Lewington and just the right amount of text. Read more
Published 20 months ago by christo
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely little book - very easy to follow
Great little book - with nice little drawings - making it very easy to distinguish different types of butterflies. Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2012 by Helen Prout
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