16 March 2001

Wealth of data on butterflies

THAT most ethereal creature, the butterfly, comes in many guises and few of us can name more than the most common ones.

However, if butterflies are your passion or you would like to know much more about the ones you might chance to see, then this comprehensive and well illustrated new book will provide all you need to know.

The book* provides an up-to-date assessment of our butterflies, the habitats they live in, the threats they face and the changes that have occurred since the publication of the previous edition in 1984.

Thousands of volunteers spent five years surveying butterflies to provide the data which is presented in an easily digestible form, species by species. This is a wonderful reference book and well worth investing in. TG

* Millennium Atlas of Butterflies in Britain and Ireland, Oxford University Press, £30.