West Riding Consolidated Naturalists' Society

The West Riding Consolidated Naturalists' Society was a union of existing naturalists' societies that was formed in 1861. It became the extant Yorkshire Naturalist Union in 1876/77.


According to the first issue of the society's journal, The Naturalist:[1]

The West-Riding Consolidated Naturalist Society alone, comprising six societies within an area of twenty miles, numbers upwards of 200 members; the Northern Entomological Society (Liverpool) about the same number ; and it would not he too much to affirm that in Yorkshire and Lancashire alone, 2,000 students of nature are banded together in societies of this kind.

The six societies that initially comprised the union were:[2]

  • Halifax Naturalists' Society
  • Heckmondwike Naturalists' Society
  • Huddersfield Naturalists' Society
  • Leeds Naturalists' Society
  • Norland Naturalists' Society
  • Wakefield Naturalists' Society

The society began the publication of The Naturalist in 1864, which was initially co-edited by C.C.P. Hobkirk and George Tindall, and printed Tindall.[3]

Later members included:

The society was renamed the Yorkshire Naturalist Union at the end of 1876.[4]


Notes and References

  1. The Naturalist, Volume 1 (1864).
  2. "Reports of the Societies" in Naturalist, Volume 1 (1864), page 43.
  3. Underground Histories: Bretheren in the Temple of Science.
  4. Barnsley Chronicle (09/Dec/1876).