Peter Marren (born 1950) is a British writer, journalist, and naturalist. He has written over 20 books about British nature, including Chasing the Ghost: My Search for all the Wild Flowers of Britain (2018), an account of a year-long quest to see every wild flower in the UK; Rainbow Dust: Three Centuries of Butterfly Delight (2016); Bugs Britannica (2010); and After They’re Gone: Extinctions Past, Present and Future (2022). Marren has also written several books about military history and battlefields and, as a journalist, many national newspaper articles.
Books in order of publication:
A Natural History of Aberdeen. 1982. R. Callander.
Woodland Heritage. 1990. David & Charles.
The New Naturalists. 1995. HarperCollins Publishers.
Britain’s Rare Flowers. 1999. T & A D Poyser Natural History.
Where the Wild Thyme Blew: Growing Up with Nature in the Fifties and Sixties. 2016. Pisces Publications.
Rainbow Dust: Three Centuries of Butterfly Delight. 2016. University of Chicago Press.
Chasing the Ghost: My Search for All the Wild Flowers of Britain. 2018.
Mushrooms: The Natural and Human World of British Fungi. 2018. Bloomsbury Publishing.
Emperors, Admirals and Chimney-Sweepers: The Naming of Butterflies and Moths. 2020. Little Toller Books.
After They’re Gone: Extinctions Past, Present, and Future. 2022. Hodder & Stoughton.
Grampian Battlefields: The Historic Battles of North East Scotland from AD84 to 1745. 1990. Aberdeen University Press.
1066: The Battles of York, Stamford Bridge & Hastings. 2004. Pen & Sword Books.
Battles of the Dark Ages. 2006. Pen and Sword.