Colchester Natural History Society, and its members, have published a number of superb
field guides, books and reports. CNHS publications can be ordered below with PayPal
or credit card by clicking the relevant button. Alternatively, you may order by post
enclosing your name, address and a cheque made out to “Colchester Natural History
Pete Hewitt, 121 Mile End Road, Colchester, CO4 5DA -
For other books please contact the authors direct as we do not hold stocks of these publications (details below).
This book features all the butterflies found in the area in the last fifty years and includes at least one colour photo of each. It tells the story of what has happened to our butterfly population over the period. Populations often vary from one year to the next, but here is an authoritative account of their distribution over five decades, based on scientifically collected records.
A few species have expanded their range in the last decade and there is an exciting
programme of re-
The guide also includes useful tips on the best places to see all of the butterflies in the area, and stresses the fragility of some of their habitats. The authors, Ted Benton and Joe Firmin, have both been deeply involved in recording local wildlife for most of their lives.
Cervus is our newsletter published six monthly for CNHS members and includes news, reports, details of future Events and other information about the Society and its activities.
If you would like to submit an article for Cervus the copy dates are 30th June and 31st December. Please either email your submission to:
firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the editor below:-
Darren Tansley -
Nature Boy is the first of two personal publications from CNHS President, Joe Firmin.
In this little book he transports us back to a vanished era, before the spread of
urbanisation, universal car ownership and the mechanisation and intensification of
agriculture. It is the story of the people and wildlife that lived side by side on
an Essex seed production farm in the middle of the 20th century -
These books, written by CNHS members, are available from the authors so please do not contact us for copies.
Butterfly Days describes his butterfly adventures and the many colourful personalities of this mountainous region of southern France in the 1960s and 70s. It is a must for butterfly enthusiasts but can be enjoyed by anyone with it's rich tales of this wonderful time. Not satisified with publishing his own books (Dragonflies of Essex and the Collins New Naturalist Bumblebees), Ted Benton provides a chapter with dozens of striking photographs of the different species commonly observed in the area. Malcolm Simpson also has a chapter describing what Provence is like now.
The new hardback publication from CNHS Chairman Ted Benton and Essex Field Club Recorder
John Dobson -
Described by Peter Marren as "A model of its kind", this fully illustrated book is the most up to date field guide for our county's dragonflies and damselflies currently available. There are distribution maps, habitat and behavious guides, as well as the superb photographs we have come to expect from Ted Benton.
Copies are available from a wide variety of bookshops and wildlife outlets or contact:
John Dobson, 148 Main Road, Danbury, Essex, CM3 4DT (tel 01245 224408).
After the death of Joe Firmin in March 2013 these books are no longer available, however if you are interested in reading them then please contact CNHS Chairman Darren Tansley and we may be able to assist.