Naturalist David Attenborough undergoing heart surgery

LONDON, June 4 (UPI) -- British naturalist David Attenborough has canceled his planned speaking tour through Australia so he can undergo heart surgery in London, the BBC said.

Report highlights species decline in Britain

LONDON, May 22 (UPI) -- Conservationists say 60 percent of animal and plant species studied in Britain have declined in the past 50 years with bees and wildflowers the most vulnerable.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, May 8, 2013.
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Academic says gay animals overlooked

LONDON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- A British academic says documentaries by David Attenborough are not a true reflection of nature because they do not show animals' "homosexual" behavior.
Spider named for Sir David Attenborough

Spider named for Sir David Attenborough

PERTH, Australia, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- British naturalist and TV presenter Sir David Attenborough says it's "the biggest of compliments" to have a species of Australian spider named after him.

British butterflies rained out?

LONDON, July 12 (UPI) -- A British conservation group appealed for public help Wednesday in determining whether recent record-setting wet weather has been a disaster for butterflies.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, May 8, 2012.
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Skull of giant pliosaur meets its public

DORCHESTER, England, July 9 (UPI) -- The skull of one of the largest marine reptiles ever found, freed from rocks that held it for millions of years, went on display Saturday in a British museum.

Skull found in London solves 1879 mystery

LONDON, July 6 (UPI) -- A skull found in the back garden of naturalist David Attenborough's London home has proved to be that of a widow killed in 1879, experts said Tuesday.

Attenborough, at 83, reaches North Pole

LONGYEARBYEN, Norway, April 17 (UPI) -- Sir David Attenborough, longtime host of British nature shows, has achieved a childhood dream at 83, traveling to the North Pole.

Rat-eating plant discovered in Philippines

POOLE, England, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- British scientists said they have discovered a plant in the Philippines that feeds by luring and consuming rats.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, May 8, 2008.
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British butterflies need summer boost

British butterflies need summer boost

LONDON, April 24 (UPI) -- British conservationists said 2007 was the worst summer for butterflies in more than 25 years.

Britain builds biggest butterfly sanctuary

ST. ALBANS, England, March 13 (UPI) -- Two prominent British naturalists collaborated this week to plan the construction of the largest butterfly safe-house in the world, a report said.

BBC cuts wildlife programming budget

BRISTOL, England, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- The BBC is shedding a third of the jobs in its Bristol-based Natural History Unit, which produced "Planet Earth" and "Blue Planet," due to budget cuts.

U.K. mulls cull of 10,000 or more badgers

LONDON, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- British farmers and landowners are planning to kill thousands of badgers in an effort to curb a tuberculosis epidemic in cattle.

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UPI almanac for Tuesday, May 8, 2007.
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Alex Ferguson most powerful 'pensioner'

LONDON, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- A British group for seniors has named Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson as the most powerful old-age "pensioner" in the world.

McCartney among top 3 U.K. 'icons'

LONDON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Singers Paul McCartney and Morrissey will vie with broadcaster David Attenborough in a poll to determine Britain's greatest living icon.

Paul McCartney may perfrom in Liverpool

LIVERPOOL, England, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Paul McCartney is in negotiations to be the star attraction at one of the showpiece events of Liverpool's Capital of Culture in England. If all goes well, the former Beatle "and friends" will return to McCartney's hometown for a concert in May 2008 at the

Al Gore to speak in Edinburgh

EDINBURGH, Scotland, July 4 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore is to share his experiences in new media at the Edinburgh Television Festival. Also speaking at the festival will be Sir David Attenborough, Armando Iannucci and the creators of the animated series South Park, Matt Stone

Scottish TV fest draws dignitaries

EDINBURGH, Scotland, May 18 (UPI) -- "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker are among the experts slated to appear at Scotland's Edinburgh International TV festival.

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Today is Monday, May 8, the 128th day of 2006 with 237 to follow.
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Attenborough joins albatross campaign

LONDON, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Sir David Attenborough, the British naturalist known for his broadcasts on wildlife, has joined the campaign to save the albatross.

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Today is Sunday, May 8, the 128th day of 2005 with 237 to follow.
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