British Wildlife Publishing was established in 1989 by Andrew and Anne Branson, and over the intervening decades has established an enviable reputation as a highly respected small publishing house specialising in natural history magazines and books.
Although at the time there were a few publications that focused on specific areas of the natural world (particularly birds), there was no broader publication that embraced the full spectrum of British wildlife, appealing both to serious naturalists and the increasing number of professionals involved in conservation. Unable to find a magazine that fitted the bill, and with a long career in publishing under his belt, Andrew decided to create his own – and British Wildlife magazine was born.
Over the past 25 years, the magazine has gone from strength to strength and been hailed as ‘the most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times’ by The Independent. With that reputation firmly established, BWP was the natural home for another kindred-spirit title that covers all aspects of managing land with wildlife in mind: Conservation Land Management, originally published by Natural England. The company has also produced a very successful list of specialist entomological books, drawing on the expertise of some of the leading specialists in their field and the internationally recognised skills of artist Richard Lewington.
It also published the British Wildlife Collection , a series of definitive studies of individual aspects of the British natural landscape. The latest volume in this series is Mountain Flowers Michael Scott, published in August 2016.
In 2014, British Wildlife Publishing was acquired by Osprey Publishing , an Oxford-based publisher of specialist books in a variety of subjects. In December 2014 Osprey, and with it British Wildlife Publishing, was acquired by Bloomsbury Publishing .
Bloomsbury have now incorporated the range of British Wildlife Publishing books into their respected and growing Bloomsbury Natural History imprint, while the two magazines British Wildlife and Conservation Land Management were acquired by NHBS Ltd
Bloomsbury and NHBS are working closely together to ensure that the spirit of British Wildlife Publishing lives on in the books and the magazines, and to continue the tradition of quality Natural History publishing established by Andrew Branson nearly three decades ago.