The Thorne & Hatfield Moors Conservation Forum publishes material in a number of different formats.


Volume 1 of Thorne Moors Papers, edited by Martin Limbert was published in 1987 by the Doncaster Naturalists’ Society, (before the Forum was established in 1989).  Following the formation of the Forum, the title was subsequently changed to Thorne and Hatfield Moors Papers and this became the Forum’s official journal with the publication of  Volume 2 in 1991.  This second volume was edited by Clifton Bain and Brian Eversham, as was Volume 3 which appeared in 1992. Volume 4 edited by Martin Limbert and Brian Eversham was published in 1997.  Volume 5 published in 1998 and Volume 6 published in 2003 were both edited by Martin Limbert.  Volume 7 which appeared in 2008 and Volume 8 in 2011 were edited by Dr N J Whitehouse and Volume 9, the most recent edition was published in 2014 and was edited by Dr P C Buckland.

The primary aims of the papers are to aid and facilitate the conservation of Thorne and Hatfield Moors and to assist in the understanding and documentation of the geology, palaeoecology, ecology, flora, fauna, archaeology and history of Thorne and Hatfield Moors.

The Papers are professionally produced as perfect bound A5 paperbacks on high-quality paper.

Technical reports

There is sometimes a case for preserving documentation relating to Thorne and Hatfield Moors, but which, for a variety of reasons, will not appear in Thorne & Hatfield Moors Papers.  THMCF Technical Reports were designed to do this in a permanent, consistent and retrievable way, in a relatively simple and inexpensive format.
Since 1999, 19 Technical Reports have been published. They are A4 sized, and comb-bound with card covers.


These are in general substantial works on a single topic or group of related topics.  The first monograph was published in 2002.  A palaeoecological study of raised mires in the Humberhead Levels. The second monograph, ‘An Inventory of the Invertebrates of Thorne & Hatfield Moors’ by Peter Skidmore was published in 2006 to considerable acclaim.


A3 printed copies of a map of Hatfield Moors illustrating up to date (2011) details of recording areas are available to purchase.  The Thorne Moors edition (2015) is also A3 with one side featuring recording areas and interest features, the reverse is an aerial image showing the moorland and surrounding land and settlements.


The Forum periodically delivers a Stephen Warburton Memorial Lecture, in memory of ‘the guardian of the Yorkshire Landscape’ and founder member of the Forum, friend and colleague left us in January 2004.

Other Publications

We also hold a small stock of publications by other publishers.

Ordering Publications

Please see the Ordering section or download an order form and post to Executive Secretary, Thorne & Hatfield Moors Conservation Forum, P O Box 879, Thorne, Doncaster, DN8 5WU, enclosing a cheque for the relevant amount. If you have any queries or wish to be notified when new publications are available please e-mail.  If purchasing more than one publication it is advisable to contact us to see how postage costs can be minimised.

Guidelines to Authors

We welcome contributions from new authors. Please download a copy of our Guidelines to Authors. If you have further queries please contact our Editor.