|Tim and a Taraxacum in the Brecon Beacons|
Image: C. Gait
Tim said "I have named this species in honour of Sir David Frederick Attenborough whose ‘World about us’ series on BBC television inspired me to study ecology when I was 17. I have watched and admired his work ever since, as have many other people and, in naming this Hawkweed, pay tribute to him for so eloquently educating us about the natural world".
|Cover of NJB in 2014|
Images by C. Ferguson-Smyth
If you are thinking of making a start with Hawkweeds - and be warned, they are notoriously tricky - then you will need this, the appropriate volume of this and a lot of time and patience while you work up to this!
If you'd prefer something less challenging, we recommend a mooch around your local patch in the first few days of January and sending in your records to Tim, Ryan, me and Sarah for the New Year Plant Hunt.
Congratulations to both Sir David Frederick Attenborough and Tim Rich. I couldn't agree more with Tim on naming it Hieracium attenboroughianum .ReplyDelete
His voice and programs on BBC have been a great inspiration to me too.
We must give credit where credit is due!
Kind regards, Erik
I agree Erik, Sir David is a huge inspiration to all naturalists but I am biased, he went to Wyggeston Boys' School in Leicester - I attended the nearby Girls' School in the 60s, by which time our local boy had become an international legend! What a guy :-)Delete