Sunday book review – Butterflies of Britain and Europe

A second edition of the comprehensive photographic guide to 472 species of European butterfly with another 64 North African and Turkish species thrown in for good measure.

This is a commendably simple book – you get lots of very good photographs of all the butterflies you might see in Europe with enough additional information to tell you something about the species and clear maps of distribution. The photographs are very good.

All this information is packed into a small, genuinely pocket-sized guide that would be easy to take into the field and yet the photographs are still of a good size and of high quality.

If you are going to a part of Europe whose butterflies are unfamiliar to you then this book is the one you need. It will accompany me to Poland later this year.

Butterflies of Britain and Europe: a photographic guide by Tari Haahtela, Kimmo Saarinen, Pekka Ojalainen and Hannu Aarnio is published by Bloomsbury.

Remarkable Birds by Mark Avery is published by Thames and Hudson – for reviews see here.

Inglorious: conflict in the uplands by Mark Avery is published by Bloomsbury – for reviews see here.



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