In pursuit of butterflies: a fifty-year affair.

In pursuit of butterflies: a fifty-year affair. Matthew Oates.

London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015. Octavo, dustwrapper, colour photographs.

Naturalist, conservationist and passionate lover of poetry, Matthew Oates has devoted himself to butterflies: to their observation, to singing their praises, and to ensuring their survival. Based on fifty years of detailed diaries, Oates leads the reader through a lifetime of butterflying, across the mountain tops, the peat bogs, sea cliffs, meadows, heaths, the chalk downs and great forests of the British Isles. Full of humour, zeal, digression, expertise and anecdote, this book provides a profound encounter with one of our great butterfly lovers, and with a half-century of butterflies in Britain. Also available in paperback [stock id 39264].

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