You may have noticed that the BBC has compiled a list of new Elizabethans as a celebration of the Diamond Jubilee. 60 men or women who have lived during the Queen’s reign were selected for their contributions to the new Elizabethan age. One of the selected 60 is naturalist and broadcaster David Attenborough.
If you were choosing someone associated with the natural world to enter this list would you choose Sir David, or might someone else nip in instead? Tom Oliver (from the GWCT) and I gave this some thought and offer you these 12 candidates as potential new Elizabethan naturalists. Our list of naturalists covers a wide range of people, from amateurs to professors, but all of them, we consider, have made vital contributions to natural history and conservation of wildlife during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
Here are our 12 candidates in alphabetical order and with links to their Wikipedia entries: