To see accurate pricing, please choose your delivery country.
United States
All Shops

British Wildlife

8 issues per year 84 pages per issue Subscription only

British Wildlife is the leading natural history magazine in the UK, providing essential reading for both enthusiast and professional naturalists and wildlife conservationists. Published eight times a year, British Wildlife bridges the gap between popular writing and scientific literature through a combination of long-form articles, regular columns and reports, book reviews and letters.

Subscriptions from £33 per year

Conservation Land Management

4 issues per year 44 pages per issue Subscription only

Conservation Land Management (CLM) is a quarterly magazine that is widely regarded as essential reading for all who are involved in land management for nature conservation, across the British Isles. CLM includes long-form articles, events listings, publication reviews, new product information and updates, reports of conferences and letters.

Subscriptions from £26 per year
Academic & Professional Books  Natural History  Biography, Exploration & Travel

A Newsworthy Naturalist The Life of William Yarrell

Biography / Memoir
By: Christine E Jackson(Author)
228 pages, 12 plates with colour illustrations; 60 b/w illustrations
A Newsworthy Naturalist
Click to have a closer look
Average customer review
  • A Newsworthy Naturalist ISBN: 9781913679040 Hardback Jan 2022 In stock
    £17.99 £24.99
Price: £17.99
About this book Customer reviews Biography Related titles

About this book

A Newsworthy Naturalist is a biography of William Yarrell (1784-1856), an influential naturalist at a time when natural history was becoming an important factor in 19th century society. He wrote two important books: A History of British Fishes and A History of British Birds, still being quoted as the authorities well into the next century and admired today, especially for their delightful wood engravings. He was a member and sometime Treasurer, Secretary and Vice-President of the Zoological, Linnean and Entomological Societies. He was known to, and greatly admired by, the leading naturalists; Charles Darwin sought Yarrell's advice on several occasions. In addition to his key role as an organiser and disseminator of knowledge about the British fish and bird fauna, Yarrell also conducted significant original scientific research, being perhaps best known as the first person to recognise Bewick's Swan as a separate species from the Whooper Swan, naming it Cygnus bewickii after his illustrious ornithological predecessor. Yarrell owned the London newsagency, Jones and Yarrell, with his partner, Edward Jones from 1803 until 1850. They held a royal warrant and supplied the Houses of Parliament as well as royalty with newspapers. Besides his work on natural history and running the newsagency, he was a popular figure with his friends, renowned for the good food and wine served at his convivial dinner parties, and he was a prolific correspondent.

Customer Reviews (1)

  • How sociability and personal connections brought natural history to the people through successful and timely publication
    By Stephen 8 Feb 2022 Written for Hardback
    This meticulous research by Christine Jackson shines a light on how the nation’s thirst for knowledge was being met in the Georgian and Victorian eras. As a committee member of the London societies, Yarrell had a finger on many pulses in natural history. His work added significantly to the foundation of our knowledge of fish and birds. The dinners, the trading and display of eggs and bird specimens are revealed; and the way people collected books in parts as they were published and had them bound to their own library style. Artists and engravers had to be paid, but how much? Yarrell as a man is still a bit of a mystery as the documents underpinning the book did not reveal much of his character and personality. That said it is an easy and enjoyable read.

    3 of 3 found this helpful - Was this helpful to you? Yes No


Christine E. Jackson worked as a qualified librarian (A.L.A.) before retiring and writing on bird art. She breaks new ground with each title – pioneering studies first of bird illustration, then bird art, and also Fish in Art – and the biography of Yarrell is no exception. She is an occasional consultant to both auction houses, Sotheby's and Christie's, London. She has authored 16 books on biographies of naturalists and the history of bird illustration, as well as numerous articles. She transcribed or abstracted all of Yarrell's correspondence as the basis for this first study of his life and work.

Biography / Memoir
By: Christine E Jackson(Author)
228 pages, 12 plates with colour illustrations; 60 b/w illustrations
Current promotions
Backlist BargainsBuyers GuidesNHBS Moth TrapBritish Wildlife Magazine