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

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):

2011 Editions

2012 Editions

2013 Editions

2014 Editions

2015 Editions

2016 Editions

A cumulative, searchable list of contents for all editions of The Naturalist published in its current format,  since merging with the Bulletin, is available to view or download here.


Appendices for recent articles in The Naturalist can be downloaded from the links below.  Earlier appendices can be downloaded from the relevant year link, accessible above:

  • Wardhaugh, A. (2016). Woodlands of the Ormesby to Wilton areas, N.E. Yorkshire: some observations on their terrestrial molluscs and flora. The Naturalist 141: 127-134.  Issue 1092, August 2016. (download)
  • Archer, M. (2017). Gains and losses of species abundances of bees of Watsonian Yorkshire. The Naturalist 142: 41-48. Issue 1094, April 2017. (download)
  • Cameron, R.A.D. (2017). Homage to Lloyd: revisiting a pioneering biogeographical paper in The Naturalist. The Naturalist 142: 4-11. Issue 1094, April 2017. (download)
  • Goulder, R. (2017). Freshwater plants and SSSI canals in the East Midlands and North of England 2: Chesterfield Canal, Cromford Canal and Grantham Canal. The Naturalist 142: 15-32. Issue 1094, April 2017. (download)
  • Wardhaugh, A. (2017). The Mollusca of some ancient semi-natural woodlands in coastal N. E. Yorkshire. The Naturalist 142: 54-60. Issue 1094, April 2017. (download)
  • Goulder, R. (2017). Freshwater plants and SSSI canals in the East Midlands and North of England 3: Leven Canal and Pocklington Canal. The Naturalist 142:104-116.  Issue 1095, August 2017. (download)

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