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Re: The Butterflies of Sussex

Postby Jack Harrison » Mon May 15, 2017 5:38 pm

I am steadily working my way through this splendid book.

Large Tortoiseshell was apparently resident Houghton Forest 1964-81. I lived in the area 1974-81 and was aware of the rumours. I visited Houghton almost every spring but apart from a few heart-stopping possibles in the form distant Commas, no LTs. Was I just unlucky, a bad observer or was LT simply not there? Does anyone know of confirmed sighting in Houghton during that period?

Of course, Houghton Forest isn’t a million miles from where LT was seen this spring at North Stoke.

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Re: The Butterflies of Sussex

Postby peterc » Tue May 16, 2017 6:35 am

I know Houghton Forest pretty well as I used to go there in the 1990s when mum lived in Worthing. My first ever White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary and Dark Green Fritillary were spotted there. I never saw more than Dark Green on any one visit - always around the same spot in a clearing SU9922 1144 but has it disappeared from the site?

Nearly finished the book now :)

ATB

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Re: The Butterflies of Sussex

Postby Pete Eeles » Sat May 20, 2017 11:11 pm

Congrats Neil (and Michael)! My review here:

http://www.dispar.org/reference.php?id=131

Cheers,

- Pete

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Re: The Butterflies of Sussex

Postby Vince Massimo » Sun May 21, 2017 11:28 am

That review is absolutely spot-on, Pete.

Completely agree :D

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Re: The Butterflies of Sussex

Postby Pete Eeles » Tue May 23, 2017 8:26 pm

Thanks Vince - one of the easier books to review, I have to say :)

Cheers,

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Re: The Butterflies of Sussex

Postby Jack Harrison » Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:55 am

Have I come across an omission? Queen of Spain Chichester in (I think) 2009.

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Re: The Butterflies of Sussex

Postby Neil Hulme » Fri Jun 09, 2017 1:10 pm

Hi Jack,

To quote a reliable source (myself :D): "Only those species recorded in Sussex during this period [2010 - 2014] are included, so the Queen of Spain Fritillary, which secured a brief foothold in the county between 2007 and 2009, failed to make the cut."

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Re: The Butterflies of Sussex

Postby Jack Harrison » Fri Jun 09, 2017 1:16 pm

Neil
"Only those species recorded in Sussex during this period [2010 - 2014] are included
That explains. I had missed that quote.

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Re: The Butterflies of Sussex

Postby PhilBWright » Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:10 am

Jack Harrison wrote:I [think I] posted my review earlier somewhere on ukb but it has vanished.

The Butterflies of Sussex is an excellent publication with informative text – despite not being a butterfly novice, I am nevertheless learning a great deal. The photos are first rate, mostly I believe taken by Neil with his bridge camera (who needs a DSLR?).

The layout is ideal with none of those all-too-often pictures split over two pages – one of my pet hates. Neil has told me that he was quite firm with the publishers about layout. Congratulations to the publishers for accepting the authors’ guidance

I don’t know Michael Blencowe and don’t think he contributes to ukb (pity) or at least not very often.

Michael and Neil have set the standard in wildlife books that will undoubtedly be the benchmark for many years to come.

Jack


"i'll cross that bridge camera, when I come to it"
"This superb book I have started reading to Melissa should be a resource for a long time to come, then we might have a "The Butterflies of Sussex re-visited" :wink: or better still (in my opinion), a different media resource.
I am still waiting for the Camberwell Beauty to spread out from Camberwell, then it might be renamed "Southwark Beauty".
#Morning Cloak

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