T. & A. D. Poyser began as a British publisher, founded by Trevor and Anna Poyser in 1973, to specialise in ornithology books. It was located in Calton, Staffordshire.
They often worked in conjunction with the British Trust for Ornithology, having early success with the Atlas of Breeding Birds in Britain and Ireland (1976).
Trevor and Anna Poyser sold the business to Academic Press in January 1990. This was, in turn, taken over by Harcourt Brace and then Elsevier Science. Academic Press added a new imprint, Poyser Natural History.
In June 2002, the brand and back-list of around 70 titles were acquired by A & C Black (in turn part of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc) from Elsevier Science. A & C Black continue to use the T & A D Poyser imprint.