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A brand new book covering the history of the butterflies of Lincolnshire

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This work brings together much previously unpublished data and information regarding the changing fortunes of the butterfly species found within this large county. Told through a series of diverse chapters covering the status of 63 species historically known to have occurred here, this is an entertaining and highly personal account of the county’s lepidoptera, full of facts, anecdotes, conjecture and just a hint of controversy, including details of illicit releases and the seemingly conflicting ethics of the conservation organisations and certain maverick introductionists. 

The scope of this work will appeal to both amateurs and experts – anyone reading this book will find themselves enlightened, educated, and learning something new about these beautiful winged insects and their history in the second largest county of England.


The following is an extract from the foreword by Peter Eeles, author of Life Cycles of British and Irish Butterflies and webmaster of the UK Butterflies website: “Lincolnshire is rather unique among our counties, and it has taken the endeavours of two stalwarts of the Lincolnshire butterflying community, Peter Cawdell and Pete Smith, to spell out the history of each of the butterfly species found, liberally sprinkled with their own personal experiences. The resulting and very readable work brings together a unique perspective of the county – one in which we are now fortunate to share.”

235pp, softback, 224mm x 155mm, colour. Complete with graphs, habitat pictures, and 70 distribution maps showing changes in the range of many species over recent decades, along with their current status. Includes colour photographs of all species.

Available direct from the authors @ £21.95 + £4.00 p&p.


Please contact Pete Smith on for details of how to order a copy.

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