Butterflies animate our summers, but the 59 species found in the British Isles can be surprisingly elusive. Some bask unseen at the top of trees in London parks; others lurk at the bottom of damp bogs in Scotland.
A few survive for months while other ephemeral creatures only fly for three days. Several are virtually extinct. Simon Shepherd reads this bewitching book charting Patrick Barkham's quest to find each of them - from the Adonis Blue to the Dingy Skipper - in one unforgettable summer.
©2010 Patrick Barkham (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd
"A strangely nostalgic book"
This unlikely book all about a year of butterfly spotting in 2009 is strangely nostalgic, packed with reminiscences of childhood and country pastimes. I'm not sure it would appeal to someone without a minimum of knowledge of lepidoptera, because the author constantly cites names and habitats, and it really helps being able to picture in one's mind's eye the particular butterfly and even the country surroundings he is walking in. I loved it. And so beautifully read, just the right pace, wonderful local accents, faultless;
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