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Butterflies Spotting and Identifying Britain's Butterflies by Matthew Oates

Butterflies Spotting and Identifying Britain's Butterflies

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Butterflies Spotting and Identifying Britain's Butterflies by Matthew Oates

Our unique fascination with butterflies has been a gloriously British pastime since the early 18th century, through the Victorian butterfly mania of the 1890s and two World Wars, and is now the popular hobby it has become today. This is a wonderful celebration of great British butterflies, whether you are tracking the elusive Green Hairstreak, Painted Lady and Purple Emperor in the wild or identifying the more common Small Tortoiseshell, Orange Tip and Chalkhill Blue from the comfort of your garden chair. This fascinating guide to the British butterfly will delight both beginners and enthusiasts alike, with practical tips on all aspects of attracting, tracking and identifying butterflies and how to protect these beautiful creatures for future generations.

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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Publication date

1st May 2011


Matthew Oates

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National Trust Books an imprint of Pavilion Books


104 pages


Wildlife: butterflies, other insects & spiders



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