Butterflies: Spotting and identifying Britain's butterflies Hardcover – 1 Jun 2011
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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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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.
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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Superb sturdy book packed with information and easily carried in a pocketPublished 9 months ago by michael willingham
As a quick field reference in its pocket size, the artwork should be clear and grouped into similar visual impressions when in flight.Published on 1 July 2013 by Brian J Croasdell