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New Naturalist

The New Naturalist books are a series published by Collins in the United Kingdom, on a variety of natural history topics relevant to the British Isles. The aim of the series at the start was: "To interest the general reader in the wild life of Britain by recapturing the inquiring spirit of the old naturalists." In the editors' preface to a 1952 monograph they write "An object of the New Naturalist series is the recognition of the many-sidedness of British natural history, and the encouragement of unusual and original developments of its forgotten or neglected facets."

The first to appear was E.B. Ford's Butterflies in 1945. The authors of this series are usually eminent experts, often professional scientists. This gives the series authority, and many are or have been authoritative introductory textbooks on a subject for some years. The books are written in scientific style, but are intended to be readable by the non-specialist, and are an early example of popular science in the media.

The books of the series have had considerable influence on many students who later became professional biologists, such as W.D. Hamilton and Mike Majerus. The latter was inspired by Ford's Butterflies and Moths and later added two of his own volumes to the series.

A parallel series of Monographs was also published, but there have been no additions since 1971. Volume 82 of the main series, The New Naturalists, described the series to date, with author biographies and a guide to collecting the books.

The original Editorial Board consisted of Julian Huxley, James Fisher, Dudley Stamp, John Gilmour and Eric Hosking. Many of the highly characteristic dust jacket illustrations are by Clifford and Rosemary Ellis; others are by Robert Gillmor.

Being a numbered series, with a very low print run for some volumes, they are highly collectable. Second-hand copies of the rarer volumes, in very good condition, can command high prices. The 100th volume, Woodlands by Oliver Rackham was published in 2006. Woodlands was also published in 2006 as a leatherbound edition, limited to 100 copies. The second leatherbound New Naturalist - Dragonflies by Philip Corbet and Stephen Brooks was published in 2008. A third leatherbound book - Grouse by Adam Watson and Robert Moss has been announced for publication in September, and a fourth leatherbound volume - Southern England by Peter Friend, will be published in November. The leather edition of Dragonflies was initially limited to 400 copies, which was subsequently limited to 303, and finally to 250. According to the New Naturalist website only 217 were actually sold and the remaining unsold stock is being kept secure at Harper Collins offices.

The series won the 2007 British Book Design & Production Award for "brand or series identity", and in 2008 the official website was launched, with features including the latest news, a members only area with access to exclusive content and downloads, and a forum.

Harper Collins have also reprinted the first ten volumes of the series in collectible facsimile editions. More information and special editions are available in the official New Naturalists Store


Main Series

1 Butterflies E.B. Ford 1945
2 British Game Vesey-Fitzgerald, B. 1946
3 London's Natural History R.S.R. Fitter 1945
4 Britain's Structure and Scenery Stamp, L. Dudley 1946
5 Wild Flowers Gilmour, J. & Walters, M. 1954
6a Natural History in the Highlands and Islands Darling, F.F. 1947
6b The Highlands and Islands Darling, F.F. & Boyd, J.M. 1964
7 Mushrooms and Toadstools Ramsbottom, J. 1953
8 Insect Natural History Imms, A.D. 1947
9 A Country Parish Boyd, A.W. 1951
10 British Plant Life Turrill, W.B. 1948
11 Mountains and Moorlands Pearsall, W.H. 1950
12 The Sea Shore Yonge, C.M. 1949
13 Snowdonia North, F.J., Campbell, B. & Scott, R. 1949
14 The Art of Botanical Illustration Blunt, W. 1950
15 Life in Lakes and Rivers Macan, T.T. & Worthington, E.B. 1951
16 Wild Flowers of Chalk and Limestone Lousley, J.E. 1950
17 Birds and Men Max Nicholson 1951
18a A Nat. Hist. of Man in Britain Fleure, H.J. 1951
18b A Nat. Hist. of Man in Britain Fleure, H.J & Davies, M. 1951 (1970)
19 Wild Orchids of Britain Summerhayes, V.S. 1951
20 The British Amphibians and Reptiles Malcolm Arthur Smith 1951
21 British Mammals Matthews, L.H. 1952
22 Climate and the British Scene Gordon Manley 1952
23 An Angler's Entomology Harris, J.R. 1952
24 Flowers of the Coast Hepburn, I. 1952
25 The Sea Coast Steers, J.A. 1953
26 The Weald Wooldridge, S.W. & Goldring, F. 1953
27 Dartmoor Harvey, L.A. & St Leger Gordon, D. 1953
28 Sea-Birds Fisher, James & Lockley, R.M. 1954
29 The World of the Honeybee Butler, C.G. 1954
30 Moths E.B. Ford 1954
31 Man and the Land Stamp, L. Dudley 1955
32 Trees, Woods and Man Edlin, H.L. 1956
33 Mountain Flowers Raven J. and Walters, M. 1956
34 The Open Sea: The World of Plankton Hardy, A. 1956
35 The World of the Soil Russell, E.J. 1957
36 Insect Migration Williams, C.B. 1958
37 The Open Sea: Fish & Fisheries Hardy, A. 1959
38 The World of Spiders W.S. Bristowe 1958
39 The Folklore of Birds Armstrong, E.A. 1958
40 Bumblebees Free, J.B. & Butler, C.G. 1959
41 Dragonflies Corbet, P.S., Longfield, C. & Moore, N.W. 1960
42 Fossils Swinnerton, H.H. 1960
43 Weeds and Aliens Salisbury, E. 1961
44 The Peak District Edwards, K.C. 1962
45 The Common Lands of England and Wales Hoskins, W.G. & Stamp, L. Dudley 1963
46 The Broads Ellis, A.E. 1965
47 The Snowdonia National Park Condry, W.M. 1966
48 Grass and Grassland Moore, I. 1966
49 Nature Conservation in Britain Stamp, L. Dudley 1969
50 Pesticides and Pollution Mellanby, K. 1967
51 Man and Birds Murton, R.K. 1971
52 Woodland Birds Simms, E. 1971
53 The Lake District Pearsall, W.H. & Pennington, W. 1973
54 The Pollination of Flowers Proctor, M. & Yeo, P. 1973
55 Finches Newton, I. 1972
56 Pedigree: Words from Nature Potter, S. & Sargent, L. 1973
57 British Seals Hewer, H.R. 1974
58 Hedges Pollard, E., Hooper, M.D. & Moore, N.W. 1974
59 Ants Brian, M.V. 1977
60 British Birds of Prey Brown, L.H. 1976
61 Inheritance and Natural History R. J. Berry 1977
62 British Tits Chris Perrins 1979
63 British Thrushes Simms, E. 1978
64 The Natural History of Shetland R. J. Berry 1980
65 Waders Hale, W.G. 1980
66 The Natural History of Wales Condry, W.M. 1982
67 Farming and Wildlife Mellanby, K. 1981
68 Mammals in the British Isles Harrison Matthews, L. 1982
69 Reptiles and Amphibians in Britain Frazer, D. 1983
70 The Natural History of Orkney R. J. Berry 1985
71 British Warblers Simms, E. 1985
72 Heathlands Webb, N. 1986
73 The New Forest Tubbs, C.R. 1986
74 Ferns Page, C.N. 1988
75 Freshwater Fishes of the British Isles Maitland, P.S. & Campbell, R.N. 1992
76 The Hebrides Boyd, J.M. & Boyd I.L. 1990
77 The Soil Davis, B.N.K., Walker, N., Ball, D.F. & Alastair Fitter 1992
78 British Larks, Pipits and Wagtails Simms, E. 1992
79 Caves and Cave Life Chapman, P. 1993
80 Wild and Garden Plants Walters, M. 1993
81 Ladybirds Mike Majerus 1994
82 The New Naturalists Marren, P. 1995 (2nd ed. 2005)
83 The Natural History of Pollination Proctor, M., Yeo, P. & Lack, A. 1996
84 Ireland: A Natural History Cabot, D. 1999
85 Plant Disease Ingram, D. & Robertson, N. 1999
86 Lichens Gilbert, Oliver 2000
87 Amphibians & Reptiles Beebee, T. & Griffiths, R. 2000
88 Loch Lomondside John Mitchell 2001
89 The Broads Brian Moss 2001
90 Moths Mike Majerus 2002
91 Nature Conservation Peter Marren 2002 ISBN 0-00-711305-6
92 Lakeland Derek Ratcliffe 2002 ISBN 0-00-711304-8
93 British Bats John Altringham 2003 ISBN 0-00-220140-2
94 A Natural History of the Seashore Peter Hayward 2004 ISBN 0-00-220030-9
95 Northumberland Angus Lunn 2004 ISBN 0-00-718484-0
96 Fungi Spooner, B. & Roberts, P. 2005 ISBN 0-00-220152-6
97 Mosses and Liverworts Porley, R. & Hodgetts, N. 2005 ISBN 0-00-220212-3
98 Bumblebees Ted Benton 2006 ISBN 0-00-717450-0
99 Gower Jonathan Mullard 2006 ISBN 0-00-716067-4
100 Woodlands Oliver Rackham 2006 ISBN 0-00-720243-1
101 Galloway and the Borders Derek Ratcliffe 2007 ISBN 0-00-717401-2
102 Garden Natural History Stefan Buczacki 2007 ISBN 0-00-713993-4
103 The Isles of Scilly Rosemary Parslow 2007 ISBN 978-0-00-220150-6
104 A History of Ornithology Peter Bircham 2007 ISBN 978-0-00-719969-3
105 Wye Valley George Peterken 2008 ISBN 978-0-00-716069-3
106 Dragonflies Philip S. Corbet and Stephen Brooks 02/06/08 ISBN 978-0-00-715168-3
107 Grouse Adam Watson and Robert Moss 01/09/08 ISBN 978-0-00-715097-3
108 Southern England Peter Friend 03/11/08 ISBN 978-0-00-724742-4

Monographs

M01 The Badger Neal, E. 1948
M02 The Redstart Buxton, J. 1950
M03 The Wren Armstrong, E.A. 1955
M04 The Yellow Wagtail Smith, S. 1950
M05 The Greenshank Nethersole-Thompson, D. 1951
M06 The Fulmar Fisher, J. 1952
M07 Fleas, Flukes and Cuckoos Rothschild, M. & Clay, T. 1952
M08 Ants Morley, D.W. 1953
M09 The Herring Gull's World Tinbergen, N. 1953
M10 Mumps, Measles and Mosaics Smith, K.M. & Markham, R. 1954
M11 The Heron Lowe, F.A. 1954
M12 Squirrels Shorten, M. 1954
M13 The Rabbit Thompson, H.V. & Worden, A.N. 1956
M14 The Birds of the London Area London N.H.S. 1957
M15 The Hawfinch Mountfort, G. 1957
M16 The Salmon Jones, J.W. 1959
M17 Lords and Ladies Prime, C.T. 1960
M18 Oysters Yonge, C.M. 1960
M19 The House Sparrow Summers-Smith, D. 1963
M20 The Wood Pigeon Murton, R.K. 1965
M21 The Trout Frost, W.E. & Brown, M.E. 1967
M22 The Mole Mellanby, Kenneth 1971

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