Arnold Boyd

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Arnold Whitworth Boyd
Born (1885-01-20)20 January 1885
Died 16 October 1959(1959-10-16) (aged 74)
Residence Cheshire, England
Nationality English
Known for
Relatives James Fisher (nephew)

Arnold Whitworth Boyd MC, MA, FZS, FRES, MBOU (1885–1959) was an ornithologist and naturalist from Cheshire, England.

Boyd was born on 120 January 1885.[1] He was a long-time contributor to The Guardian 's "Country Diary" column, taking over a slot from his friend Thomas Coward in 1933, on the latter's death. In 1950, he revised Coward's The Birds of the British Isles and their Eggs for a new edition.

Boyd was uncle to James Fisher, who also became a leading ornithologist and natural history writer and broadcaster. Following Fisher's death, many of Boyd's diaries, other papers and related material were acquired by Liverpool Museum.[2]

He made occasional radio appearances, such as a Birds In Britain episode on Great Crested Grebes, edited and introduced by his nephew James and produced by Winwood Reade.[3]

Boyd died in Cheshire on 16 October 1959.[1]

See also[edit]


  • —— (1946). The Country Diary of a Cheshire Man. London: Collins. 
  • —— (1951). A Country Parish: Great Budworth in the county of Chester. London: Collins. 



  1. ^ a b Fisher, James (1959-11-12). "Mr. A. W. Boyd". The Times. pp. 16; Issue 54616; col D. 
  2. ^ "The Fisher Collection (1913-1993)". Access to Archives. The National Archives. Retrieved 2009-05-02. 
  3. ^ "Great Crested Grebes". Birds In Britain. 1957-12-08. BBC. Home Service.