David Attenborough is to launch a new feature on BBC Radio 4 called Tweet Of The Day, prior to the Today programme.
The featured tweet will actually be that of a bird, rather than highlighting a popular post on Twitter, and will broadcast a different call or song of a British species, followed by a story of ornithology specific to the tweet in question.
David Attenborough will present every episode of the series in May, before passing the baton to one of the other wildlife presenters involved in the project, including Steve Backshall, Miranda Krestovnikov and Chris Packham.
It is hoped David will present more of the 90 second featured tweets later in the year.
David Attenborough says: “I’m delighted to be involved in this series. I’ve seen some of the most incredible animals on my travels around the world, but Tweet Of The Day is a nice reminder of the teeming world of birds on my doorstep. As a non-ornithologist, I might even learn a little too.”
Gwyneth Williams, Controller of BBC Radio 4, says: “I’m thrilled to have birds flying into the early morning schedule on Radio 4. David Attenborough, of course, will rule the roost as we introduce hundreds of British birds to our early listening and online audiences. And Radio 4’s digital archive will be their permanent nesting site.”
Every episode of Tweet Of The Day will be available to download after its 5:58am slot and all 265 episodes will be kept online forever.
The series is being made by the BBC’s Natural History Unit.