GILBERT WHITE, NATURAL HISTORIAN, SELBOURNE

Gilbert White natural historian, Selbourne, Hampshire

Set in the small village of Selbourne, near Alton, in the beautiful Hampshire countryside, is the Gilbert White House and Gardens, Selbourne is approximately 25 miles from Portsmouth.

Gilbert White (18 July 1720 - 26 June 1793) was a pioneering Natural Historian best known for his book Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne. White was born in Selbourne at his grandfathers vicarage, educated in Basingstoke and the Oriel College Oxford where he completed Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees.

White is widely recognised as England's first Ecologist and an important figure in the development and understanding of Natural History. In his book the Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne, White recorded many observ