Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Spreading the word about Attenborough's Hawkweed

Three cheers for our colleagues at Taylor & Francis, publishers of New Journal of Botany, who got in touch last week after spotting this post about Attenborough's Hawkweed which we shared on Sir David Attenborough's birthday. 

Composite image showing habitat & close-up
Image Courtesy of New Journal of Botany
Images copyright Tim Rich/BSBI 
The paper by Dr Tim Rich describing the new hawkweed, which he discovered and named after his boyhood hero, was published in the December 2014 issue of New Journal of Botany. That means it's available to BSBI members but non-members can only see the abstract. 

The good news is that Taylor & Francis are making some papers free to access this year as part of a campaign around Aichi Biodiversity Targets and they have selected Tim's hawkweed paper for inclusion, as Hieracium attenboroughianum is categorised under the IUCN Threat category 'Endangered'. 

So now everyone can click here to read the paper in full and see images of Attenborough's Hawkweed in all its glory.