The aim of Discover Butterflies in Britain is to help readers discover butterflies. It has detailed descriptions and photographs of 66 good places to find butterflies. They have been chosen not only because of the butterflies there, but because they are lovely places to visit in their own right. Readers can choose where they would like to go and find out what butterflies there are to be seen and where to look. Alternatively they can select a butterfly and find when and where to look and what to look for. The places included range from well-known ones like Arnside Knott and Denbies Hillside, to less popular sites like Wiveton Down in North Norfolk and the new wild flower meadows at Gunpowder Park in Essex.
Although the selection is a personal one by the author, the sites have been chosen so that readers will be led to at least one hotspot for every British species. And the beautiful and interesting places which Discover Butterflies in Britain describes will lead not only to butterflies but to the British countryside at its best.
There are photographs and short descriptions of every butterfly separately, with historical information about dates of discovery and name changes over the years. There is also a gazetteer with an extended list of butterfly reserves, a bibliography, and a list of relevant web sites.
“A beautifully written and presented guide that has had a huge amount of work put into it […] A smashing book, one for all butterfly enthusiasts.”
– Wild Empire
“[A] superb book in every way […] I cannot recommend it highly enough.”
“[W]hat a wonderful book it is. With comprehensive details of 66 prime butterfly sites scattered throughout the UK, the author has done a wonderful job of leading the reader through his travels over the years.”
– Peter Eeles