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

2017 Editions

2018 Editions

2019 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:

  • Goulder, R. (2020). Water Plants in the Lancaster Canal. The Naturalist 145: 45-56. Issue 1103. April 2020. (download)
  • Goulder, R. (2021) Pondweeds (Potamogetonaceae) in canals of Yorkshire and neighbouring counties. The Naturalist 146: 44 – 61. (download)
  • Lunn, J. (2021) The effects of water level management on the breeding bird community of a wet lowland grassland and open water nature reserve. The Naturalist 146: 30 - 43. (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 receiving editor at