Our favourite reference books…


Butterflies of Europe; Tristan Lafranchis – field guide and identification key;  295216200X; Diatheo contact lafranchis@yahoo.fr

Butterflies of Britain and Europe; Tom Tolman and Richard Lewington; 0007189915; Collins

Butterflies of Britain and Europe; Haahtela, Saarinen, Ojalainen and Aarnio – a photographic guide; 9781408104743; A & C Black PapillonsdeFrance

Papillons de France; Tristan Lafranchis (Published February 2014, in French). €45 from the editor Diatheo contact lafranchis@yahoo.fr €47 in bookshops; ISBN 978-29521620-5-0

Butterfly guide app for iPhone and iPad; Chris Manley, Matt Rowlings, Guy Padfield and Peter Eeles; www.lepidapp.co.uk

Atlas des papillons de jour de Bourgogne et Franche-Comté is a new butterfly atlas that is very informative and beautifully produced

Pyrgus identification keyIdentification key for the Pyrgus (Grizzled Skipper) species of France by Cédric Jacquier.
Version 1.1 January 2017. [PDF download].
Photographs by Roger Gibbons (Butterfliesoffrance.com) and Stéphane Bence CEN PACA


MountainFlowers The Alpine Flowers of Britain and Europe; Christopher Grey-Wilson and Marjorie Blamey; 9780002192880; Collins

La Grande Flore illustrée des Pyrénées; Marcel Saule with aquarelles by Hélène Sorbé (in French); 2867267390; Editions Milan

Fleurs du Parc National des Pyrénées; Georges Dupias; Two volumes (in French); 2901835082

Mountain Flowers of Europe; Anthony Huxley; 0713718463; Blandford Press


Wild Orchids of Britain and Europe; Paul and Jenne Davies and Anthony Huxley; 0701208201; Hogarth Press

Field Guide to Orchids of Britain and Europe; Karl Peter Butler; 1852235918; the Crowood Press

Les Orchidées de France, Belgique et Luxembourg (in French); 9782914817110; Biotope

Orchidées de Midi-Pyrénées; Nicolas Duivon (in French); 291653489X; Un Autre Reg’Art


collins-bird-guide_210Collins Bird Guide; 978-0007268146; by Killian Mullarney, Laes Svensson, Dan Zetterstrom, Peter J. Grant

Birds of Europe with North Africa and the Middle East; 978-0713652383; by Lars Jonsson

Collins Guide to the Birds of Prey of Britain and Europe North Africa and the Middle East; 978-0002191760; by Benny Génsbol

Flight Identification of European Raptors; 978-0856610271; by R.F. Porter, Ian Willis, Steen Christensen and Bent Pors Nielsen

Burnet Moths – Zygaenidae

The Conservatoire d’espaces naturels Midi-Pyrénées booklet Les zygènes en Midi-Pyrénées et Languedoc-Roussillon by David Demerges, Jean-Pierre Favretto and Audrey Poujol is a brief guide to the zygaenidae family in the Midi-Pyrénées and Languedoc-Roussillon; an outline of the features you will need to identify members of the family; and a step-by-step guide that will help you to do so.

We have adapted the printed version of the guide so that you can download it as a PDF.

Some of these books are no longer in print but can usually be obtained secondhand