Steven Cheshire's British Butterflies
British Butterflies: Copyright
All content (including text, illustrations and photographs) on is is copyrighted material. It is not a free source ripe for the picking. As copyright holder of this content, I hold the key to who, where and for what purpose this content may be used. Inappropriate use can have a negative impact on the creator/copyright holder. It is my right as copyright holder and creator of this content to determine who uses my work, where it is used and when, and to charge for its use where appropriate.

In general, I have no issue with the general public using the content on this web site for personal use so long as they have the courtesy to ask first - use the contact link above. Use for commercial gain without asking or paying a licence fee is theft. Don't break the law, show some courtesy and ask first. Don't ask and face a potentially expensive bill for breach of copyright.
All photographic images on this web site remain the copyright of Steven Cheshire and Debbie Cheshire.

The use of any photographic images, copying, storing or distribution of other content from this web site is strictly prohibited without prior written permission from the copyright holder.

Commercial use attracts a licence fee depending upon how the photograph is used. UK registered charities may use my images for free (if downloaded direct from this web site or for a small admin fee if high resolution copies are required) but still need to ask permission and obtain written permission in order to avoid confusion or legal proceedings for breach of copyright.

If you would like to use one of my images, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Copyright Notice
© Steven Cheshire and Debbie Cheshire | All rights reserved.

Copyright Law
You are breaking the law if you copy, reproduce, distribute or publish in any form whatsoever photographs and or other content which feature on this web site without the explicit written permission from the copyright holder.
Request a Licence
To obtain a licence, please contact me with your requirements. For an explanation of the types of licences available, see below.

The term “royalty-free” does not mean that the images are free. You will still be required to pay a licence fee. This type of purchase provides you with a license which does not need to be renewed for additional use allowing you to use the image for many different uses. You are however, restricted from sharing, selling or storing the image in any way that makes the image accessible to others. Royalty-free images can also be shared among internal groups within a particular organisation once you have acquired a Royalty-free organisation license. The cost of this type of licence depends upon the size of the organisation based on the number of staff.

If you’re interested in royalty free licensing, please contact me.


If you require image exclusivity you need to purchase specific rights-managed license. Rights managed licenses allows you to license an image exclusively to protect yourself /or your client. A rights-managed license grants you the right to publish an image according to a specified set of agreed terms and the cost of the licence will be reflected in the terms agreed. These terms include circulation, print run, medium, geographical location, image size and the length of use. It is important to remember that if you or your client wishes to reuse a rights-managed image for a different purpose to that specified in the licence, you will need re-license the image. Any uses not specified in the original or subsequent license require that you obtain a new license. This may attract additional fees (royalties).

If you’re interested in rights-managed licensing and the protection it offers, please contact me.
Low Cost Images for Charities
Registered UK charities involved in the environmental sector only pay an admin fee of £25.00 per image for a single use licence. Order more than 10 images and receive a further 10% discount. All high resolution images supplied by email only.
Free Licences for Selected Charities
Registered UK charities listed below may use any of the photographic images shown on this web site free of charge. Written permission is still required so you still need to contact me first and provide details of the usage of the image in order to avoid any copyright issues.

Butterfly Conservation
As an active committee member of Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire, I have chosen to make all of my images available to Butterfly Conservation and its regional branches for absolutely no charge whatsoever. and

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
My local branch of the Wildlife Trust

Please contact me to request images which can be supplied by email or on CD.
Free for Personal Use
Images displayed in the British Butterflies Photographic Library may be used without charge for personal use only so long as the following relevant copyright notice is displayed next to the image.
Photograph © Steven Cheshire -
Photograph © Debbie Cheshire -