Garth Christian

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Garth Christian
Born Derbyshire, England
Occupation Journalist, editor, author
Period 1950s–70s
Genre Conservation, natural history

Garth Christian was an English nature writer, editor, teacher and conservationist.[1]


He was born in a Derbyshire vicarage which had been occupied by his father and grandfather for almost 50 years,[1] and was a member of the same family as Fletcher Christian.[1] At the age of 18, he began contributing to the Guardian's Miscellany column.[1]

After becoming a full-time freelance writer, he wrote for newspapers and magazines including the Birmingham Post, Birmingham Evening Mail, Nottingham Guardian, The Times, Country Life and New Scientist.[1] From 1950, he was editor of The Plough.[1]

He wrote a number of books on conservation and ornithology,[1][2] one of which, Down the Long Wind, had a jacket illustrated by Peter Scott.[1]

As a school governor, he took the unusual step of becoming an honorary (unpaid) teacher of biology, one afternoon a week.[1]



  • Christian, Garth (1958). A place for animals. A plea for the preservation of wild life and the establishment of nature sanctuaries. [With plates, including a portrait.] London,. pp. 256 p. ; 8vo. 
  • Hawker, James; Garth Christian (1961). A Victorian Poacher James Hawker's Journal. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-281255-6. 
  • Christian, Garth (1961). Down the Long Wind - a study of bird migration. London: Newnes,. pp. 240 p. : illus ; 23 cm. 
  • Christian, Garth (1963). While some trees stand. [With plates and a map.] London,. pp. 192 p. ; 8vo. 
  • Christian, Garth (1965). Wings of Light. An anthology for bird-lovers. Compiled by Garth Christian. Photographs by Eric Hosking. London :: Newnes,. pp. 178. 8º. 
  • Christian, Garth (1966). Tomorrow's countryside: the road to the seventies. London :: Murray,. pp. xiii, 229 p : 32 plates, table ; 23 cm. 
  • Christian, Garth (1967). The country life countryman's pocket book. London :: Country Life,. pp. 303 p. : illus., maps, tables, diagrs. ; 16 cm. 
  • Christian, Garth (1976). Ashdown Forest (3rd ed.). Forest Row :: Society of the Friends of Ashdown Forest. pp. vii,78p,[8]p of plates : ill(incl 1 col) ; 23cm. ISBN 0-9503664-1-2. 
  • Christian, Garth. "Wild mammals of the metropolis". Country life. 


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Christian, Garth (1961). Down the Long Wind - a study of bird migration. London: Newnes,. pp. 240 p. : illus ; 23 cm. 
  2. ^ Copac