I am a butterfly enthusiast and proud to admit that butterflies are a major aspect of my life, so maybe I am totally biased when I write that this book is absolutely fantastic. I am only up to page 40! Spring is still unfolding but I have finished the chapter on Winter. Patrick Barkham acknowledges that with butterflies need for sunshine,warmth and flowers enthusiasm for them might be seasonal. Some dedicated individuals search bare winter trees and bushes for eggs, whilst others dream of the first butterflies of the new year.
But for me time will be well spent this winter journeying through The Butterfly Isles, a book that will certainly ensure readers are beguiled by butterflies. Hopefully this book will achieve the author's ambition of appealing to people beyond the 15,000 or so enthusiasts in the country and in so doing increase peoples' interest in helping to conserve these wonderful insects.
It is fitting that the book is dedicated to Patrick Barkham's father John, who, for many years, was a hard working supporter of the national charity Butterfly Conservation [...]
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