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Trees (RSPB Pocket Nature) Paperback – 1 Feb 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: DK; UK ed. edition (1 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405349980
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405349987
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 1.2 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
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I've had this book for a few weeks now, and at first I thought it was really good. There are, however, a number of drawbacks (hence the 2star rating): first of all, the features for identification aren't particularly clear. For example, the Meadow Brown in the book is not typical, and certainly looks different from the Meadow Browns I have encountered this year. Because of this, I had initially thought they were Small Heaths (e.g. the "eye" on the wings of these: the Small Heath is presented in the book as having a white dot, and a broad white line along the underwings. The Meadow Brown appears not to have either, according to the book. Yet, in reality most Meadow Brown butterflies have a white dot in the "eye", too, and a greyish line is not unheard of, either. This left me confused and questioning whether other IDs (that I'm not that familiar with) are equally 'off'.
The second issue is that many European species are included - to the degree where ID is really tricky as there are so many different options to choose from. Only once you notice the small distribution map for each entry does it become clear that at least 75% of the butterflies covered in the book never really appear in the UK. I highlighted all butterflies I was likely to see in my area with a highlighter pen. Still, a book just about the UK would have been more helpful.
Finally, almost all butterflies are listed as 'widespread'. I've since learnt that this is really not the case - some are quite rare (e.g. the white admiral - I wouldn't really class that as 'widespread' in the literal sense of the word. Maybe a more detailed classification would be more useful?
I'm now going to buy other reference books in my attempt to ID butterflies, as this particular book just isn't clear enough!
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I bought this book, so that I could identiy the vast array of butterflies in my garden.
I wanted a publication with good colour illustrations and a reasonable overview of
the butterfly's life cycle without being too academic.
Recommend this book as a good reference for the amateur butterfly spotter!!
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Looked for this book for a while and very pleased I got it. Perfect pocket reference guide
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Vary good for the money
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great
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can't fault price or quality, will shop with this lot again
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It's is not as good as one I already have - and if i could find that one I'd go back to using it again, but it is adequate.
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Beautifully illustrated introduction to the world of moths and butterflies for those who know very little about the subject and want to know more. Highly recommended.
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