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Butterflies: Spotting and identifying Britain's butterflies Hardcover – 1 Jun 2011

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: National Trust Books; 1st edition (1 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907892052
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907892059
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 1.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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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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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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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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As other reviewers have mentioned, this is not a field guide and the illustrations of butterflies are very limited.

However it is a very insightful resource into the history of 'butterflying' from the expert Matthew Oates. I read it cover to cover and feel I will return back to it again and again during the butterfly season.
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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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Written with the man that knows butterflies more that more, a simple but brilliant tool for novices and lepadopterists what ever stage you skills are at.
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I watch butterflies for the RSPB and this book really helped me improve my knowledge base. good book. well worth buying.
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