Butterflies – British Wildlife Collection No 10




Butterflies – British Wildlife Collection No 10 Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC View more from this series: British Wildlife Collection
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Pages: 384 Illustrations and other contents: 300 colour photos and illustrations Language: English ISBN: 9781472975256 Categories: , , , , , , , , , Tag:

Butterflies have never been more popular. The membership of Butterfly Conservation alone has now reached over 33,000 people and is growing at around 3,000 per year. Added to this, over 110,000 people take part annually in the Big Butterfly Count.

This new addition to the British Wildlife Collection is a unique take on butterfly behaviour and ecology, written by the former Chief Exec of Butterfly Conservation. It explores the secret lives of our British species (also drawing on comparative examples from Continental Europe). It also reveals how they have become adapted to survive in such a highly competitive natural world.

Combining personal anecdote with the latest discoveries in the scientific literature. The friendly yet informative text covers everything from why we love butterflies, their life history from egg through chrysalis to adult, population dynamics and how butterflies use the British landscape, their struggle for survival in a vicious world of predators and parasites, the miracle of migration, changing numbers during the twentieth century, and the significance of managing habitats at a landscape scale. It ends with a passionate plea for their conservation. It is the ultimate guide to what makes butterflies tick and how we can conserve them.

Weight1.3 kg




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A fascinating compendium of the latest scientific understanding. -- Patrick Barkham * Guardian * What comes across loud and clear, however, is the author's love for the Lepidoptera to which he has dedicated his working life, and the potential for each of us to make a difference… Suffice to say, this book is highly recommended. -- Peter Eeles * Dispar, The Online Journal of Lepidoptera * An absolute beauty... a book for everyone. * Chris Packham * The book we butterfly lovers have all been waiting for – filling a gap between our atlases and field guides. Martin Warren delves into the extraordinary lives of Lepidopteras like no other... I've no doubt that generations of lepidopterists to come will be grateful. * BBC Wildlife Magazine * If you like butterflies (who doesn’t?), care about them (who wouldn’t?) and want to understand them better then this is a book for you. It’s difficult to imagine that this will be anything other than a trusted, useful addition to your bookshelves for at least the decade to come. * Mark Avery * A book that makes you want to cheer. There's even a chapter called The Amorous Butterfly. Who could resist? -- Simon Barnes * Daily Express * Despite its British focus it will resonate globally and demands careful reading by butterfly enthusiasts everywhere. -- Arthur M. Shapiro * News of the Lepidopterists' Society * Every page of this new book by the former chief executive of Butterfly Conservation is infused with the passion and understanding of butterflies forged from a career devoted to the field. * Butterfly Conservation Magazine * Anyone looking to increase their knowledge and understanding of butterflies will find everything they are looking for in this well-written and beautifully illustrated volume. A wonderful addition to the bookshelf of any naturalist or conservationist. * Dorset Wildlife * Timely, much-needed and excellent... Anyone interested in butterflies should read it. * British Wildlife * After a lifetime researching British butterflies…it is not at all surprising that Martin Warren’s highly readable volume slots precisely and seamlessly into this authoritative and informative stable. -- Richard Jones * Royal Entomological Society * An amazing read and contains, in a brilliantly written style, a wealth of information about the lives and issues facing British butterflies; I cannot recommend it highly enough. * Derbyshire Life & Countryside *