Between 1825 and 1841, Selby worked with Sir William Jardine on their joint volume Illustrations of Ornithology (1836-43). In 1826 he became a fellow of the Linnean Society. He was elected an honorary member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1827, and exhibited several paintings. He was a founder of the Magazine of Zoology and Botany in 1836. Selby had a detailed knowledge of arboriculture and planted many varieties at Twizell House. He published A History of British Forest Trees Indigenous and Introduced (1841-2). He died at Twizell House in 1867.
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