The legendary British broadcaster gets his first non-extinct British species named after him
Sir David Attenborough has brought education, enjoyment and flora, forna and animal appreciation to so many over his illustrious career that it was only a matter of time before he was recognised by the wildlife he so loves from his own country.
Sir David Attenborough is synonymous with nature documentaries
Finally that time has come with the British naturalist legend, 88, lending his name to a new plant found in the Brecon Beacons in Wales.
The wild flower, henceforth to be known as Attenborough’s Hawkweed (Hieracium attenboroghianum), is the first non-extinct British species to bear the broadcaster’s name.
The flower was actually discovered over a decade ago in South Wales; however, it has taken a mammoth ten years for scientists to determine that it was a completely new species.
It is believed to have developed in the area since the last ice age and its closest relative is the daisy.
David Attenborough has been at the forefront of natural programmes for over 60 years with his dulcet tones narrating some of the best nature shows that television has ever seen.
His most famous series include Frozen Planet that focuses on life and the environment in the Arctic and Antarctic, Planet Earth, the most expensive nature series ever commissioned by the BBC, and Africa, a close look at the wildlife and wild habitats of the expansive continent.