The Naturalist

The Naturalist is the journal of the YNU, published three times a year and issued free to members.  The Editorial Board welcomes articles on aspects of natural history pertaining to Yorkshire and the North of England.

Guidance for intending authors is available here.

Naturalist downloads

NEW! - Issues of The Naturalist dating back to 1864 are now available to view and download free of charge from the Biodiversity Heritage Library.  Please follow this link to access these back issues. We are very grateful to BHL for enabling us to make this wonderful resource available to a wider audience!

Recent issues are also available to download from our website by following the links below (files are large and may take time to download depending on your internet connection):

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Appendices for recent articles in The Naturalist can be downloaded from the following links:

‘Woodlands of the Ormesby to Wilton areas, N.E. Yorkshire: some observations on their terrestrial molluscs and flora’ by A.A. Wardhaugh (The Naturalist 141: 127-134).  The appendix for this article is available here.

'Aquatic plants in the Pocklington Canal: a decade of change - The Naturalist 1086 vol.139 pp 128-139. The appendices for this article are available here

'Colonization of sand and gravel quarry ponds by aquatic plants: the example of North Cave Wetlands 2001-2013' The appendix for this article is available here.

Appendix from Flora of Aberford by Michael Pearson (The Naturalist 140 (1088) p44-47). This appendix can be viewed and downloaded here.

Increase in bog-mosses Sphagnum and other changes in the vegetation of Ringinglow Bog (Southern Pennines) since the 1940s by R. Goulder. The Naturalist 1089. Appendix 1a and 1b can be downloaded here. And Appendix 2 here

Botanical Report for 2014 by Phyl Abbott, Richard Middleton, Gill Smith & Linda Robinson. The Naturalist 1089. The species list can be downloaded here

If you would like to purchase a printed copy of The Naturalist, contact the membership secretary  or, if you’d like a copy of a single article contact the librarian