Arnold Boyd

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
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 (20 January 1885 – 16 October 1959) was an ornithologist and naturalist from Cheshire, England.

Boyd was born on 20 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.