In this invaluable booklet, Hilary Raeburn has compiled details of thirty-seven walks to look for butterflies. Each site description provides information on how to get there, where to park, how far the walk extends and what the conditions underfoot are like, together with a map showing the recommended route.
Further detail sets out the best time of year to visit and what you may expect to encounter as you go on your way. There are copious species photographs scattered through the text and a whole section of pictures of day-flying moths. There are charts of the flight periods of all Somerset’s butterflies and the selected moths, plus one showing which site hold which habitat specialists like the fritillaries and hairstreaks, and a county map with all the sites marked.
There are walks right in Bristol and close to Bath as well as remotely on Exmoor. The Mendips are particularly well-represented with many sites, reflecting its relative richness, but the Poldens and Blackdowns also figure, giving us the chance look for some stunning rare species like Heath Fritillary and Large Blue.
And even if you hit a day when the weather turns out to be less than helpful and keeps your hoped-for species grounded, these are great places to walk – superb scenery and often solitude too if that is your preference.
Butterfly Walks in Somerset and Bristol costs £7.99 plus delivery from -
- NHBS online store (Butterfly Walk Guides section).
or for £6.00 when purchased at -
- Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Queens Road, Bristol.
- M Shed, Harbourside, Bristol
- The Museum of Somerset, Taunton.