Marsh Lepidoptera Publication of the Year Award

This Award run in partnership with the Butterfly Conservation aims to recognise the important contribution that authors make to Lepidoptera conservation. – books and journals can have a major impact but publishing brings relatively little financial reward to authors.    

It is awarded to the book published in the last two years that has had the greatest influence on Lepidoptera conservation, education, scientific knowledge or understanding. Books must have been published by a recognised publishing house and as well as books, the award will be open to work published in an international, peer-reviewed scientific journal.

Field Guide to the Caterpillars of Great Britain and Ireland by Barry Henwood and Dr Phil Sterling 2022

The Field Guide to the Caterpillars of Great Britain and Ireland, was written and published in 2020. The book covers the caterpillars of the moth and butterfly species that are most likely to be encountered in the British Isles. This comprehensive introduction covers how to study caterpillars and provides a window into their diverse natural histories, while the included species accounts cover status, field characters, similar species, habitat, foodplant and field notes, and are accompanied with up-to-date distribution maps. It describes and illustrates the caterpillars of 832 species of moths and butterflies. The book is a great contribution to the collective knowledge of the field, and it has become one of the standard reference works for anyone who is at all interested in the moths and butterflies of Britain and Ireland. The 2020 Field Guide is a big leap forward in the understanding of caterpillars since the publication of Jim Porter’s The Colour Identification Guide to Caterpillars of the British Isles in 1997. This latest guide is packed with interesting information, much of which has never been published before and it is superbly illustrated by Richard Lewington. The Field Guide will have an immense influence on lepidoptera conservation, education and scientific knowledge and is without a doubt a work of great scholarship.