BB’s Butterflies

BB’s Butterflies is the perfect Christmas gift for all BB fans and butterfly enthusiasts alike.

Limited to 950 numbered copies, readers will delight in this colourful hardback edition, which tells the story of one man’s passion for the ‘elusive’ Purple Emperor butterfly and his efforts to conserve ‘the most regal of our British butterflies’.

True-blue countryman and renowned naturalist ‘BB’– Denys Watkins-Pitchford (1905 – 1990) was bitten by the iris bug from a very young age. BB’s Butterflies is a treasure trove of extracts from his many books and magazine articles featuring the Purple Emperor and other butterflies – and is profusely illustrated throughout with BB’s own colour illustrations, distinctive monotone scraperboards and colour photographs.

Featuring a Foreword by Matthew Oates, the National Trust’s specialist on butterflies and first-hand contributions from many who knew and supported BB in his conservation work; including Douglas Goddard, Butterfly Recorder for Northamptonshire, Badger Walker and Bill Humphreys, lifelong friends of BB and John McEwen, author and journalist.

“BB changed my life, for his book Brendon Chase helped set my path of direction. Sure enough, unravelling the mysteries of the Purple Emperor became my life’s work.” Matthew Oates.

£45 each (inc post and packing). Order online at to secure your copy or Telephone 0121 704 1002.
All books will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

A donation from each book sold will be made to Butterfly Conservation.