I think Butterfly Conservation‘s magazine, wittily called ‘Butterfly‘, is the best read of all the magazines produced by wildlife NGOs.
I’m not sure whether it has had a make-over because it has always been excellent, but the current issue, that has a common blue on the cover (a close up of the image used at the top of this post – by Tim Melling), is both beautiful to look at and interesting to read. It seems to be written for people with brains who are interested in butterflies and moths – and I claim to be in that group.
I’m sure there are loads of people who should be thanked for producing such a lovely magazine but Liam Creedon (Editor) and Natalie Ngo (Assistant editor) must be numbered amongst them.
In this issue there are adverts (but they don’t intrude), graphs and tables (but they are easy to understand), a few long words (but I can cope), marvellous photographs and some very interesting articles which tell me (and you) about butterflies and moths and about what Butterfly Conservation is doing for them.
There is at least one image, usually more than one, of a butterfly or moth on every one of the 40 pages of the magazine except the advert on the back cover and one page inside (which has a half-page photo of butterfly habitat and, broad-mindedly, a bird, instead).
But I really didn’t just look a the pictures, I really did read the words. and the variety of articles and the level at which they were pitched seems to me to be perfect for a lot of people like me who are keen but a bit ignorant and also for those who know quite a lot more. It’s a difficult balance to get right.
You still have time to participate in Butterfly Conservation’s Big Butterfly Count and you still have time to vote in my poll on whether you support the RSPB’s decision to change the name of their magazine to ‘Nature’s Home‘.
Let’s end with another of Tim Melling’s photos – a ringlet.