Happy Birthday Sir David Attenborough

Happy 90th Birthday to broadcaster, naturalist and conservationist extraordinaire David Attenborough!

David Attenborough was born on 8 May 1926 (not long after the Queen) and must surely qualify as a ‘national treasure’, although it is a term he’d prefer us not to use. While those of us alive in 1979 probably have the groundbreaking TV series ‘Life on Earth’ imprinted on our brains, anyone looking to find out more about his life and work so far can find plenty to inform, amuse and intrigue them in Westminster Libraries.

Whether you’re interested in his days as a BBC senior manager (including being Controller of BBC Two and Director of Programming for BBC Television), as a natural history presenter and programme maker or his more recent conservation campaigns, you can find out more in the biographies available:

Life Stories by David AttenboroughDavid Attenborough in his own words - talking book Life on Air by David Attenborough - talking bookLife on Air, by David Attenborough

You can borrow DVDs of some of his many TV series and read the accompanying books, for example:

Life on Earth by David Attenborough The Private Life of Plants by David Attenborough The life of Mammals by David Attenborough Life in Cold Blood by David Attenborough

And if his work – along with that of the amazing BBC Natural History Unit – has awakened in you an interest in the natural world, which is of course his aim, you can explore your library for other great books (including ebooks – try the non-fiction Nature section):

The Great British Year by Stephen Moss The Hunt by Alastair Fothergill How did we get into this mess by George Monbiot RSPB Migration Hotspots by Tim Harris

You can also watch many of his TV documentaries, interviews (including his recent one with US President Obama) and lots of favourite clips on both YouTube and a special section of the BBC iPlayer – just search for ‘David Attenborough’, sit back and enjoy…



2 responses to “Happy Birthday Sir David Attenborough

  1. Lovely read thank you! Watched his latest progromme last nignt on all manner of luminescent beasties… Never knew there was a special David Attenborough section on the BBC iPlayer – good to know


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