Mother Nature’s beloved son David Attenborough has been honoured with Britain’s TV Choice lifetime achievement award for his contributions to natural history television. In other words, for his 5 billion documentaries.

The renowned naturalist received the award at his home in London ahead of the official ceremony on Monday night. TV Choice said it wanted to show its appreciation and respect for the legend.

“Still working, learning and making programmes, Sir David Attenborough isn’t just a British hero, he’s a global icon,” the team said, per AAP.

Attenborough was pretty chuffed with the award, describing it as “an honour and a great pleasure.”

It’s been a busy year for the adored man, what with the upcoming release of his stunning documentary One World, Seven Planets, featuring music from Sia and Hans Zimmer.  The seven-part series, exploring the unique fauna of every continent, will premiere sometime this year.

To promote the documentary series, Attenborough briefly appeared at Glastonbury Festival at the end of June. He also took the moment to thank punters for helping the festival go plastic-free for the first time in its 49-year history.

“That is more than a million bottles of water that have not been drunk by you in plastic,” he told the crowd “Thank you! Thank you.”

Oh, and a little while after that Attenborough tore us – Australia – to shreds. Sitting before the UK parliament’s business, energy and industrial strategy committee, Attenborough said he found it “extraordinary” that we still have people in power that do not believe in the climate crisis.

“Australia is already facing some of the most extraordinary manifestations of climate change,” he said.

“I will never forget diving on the reef about 10 years ago and suddenly seeing that instead of this multitude of wonderful forms and life, that it was stark white,” he said. “It had bleached white because of the rising temperatures and the increasing acidity of the sea.”

“Nobody thought that human beings could change the climate and we are… and what is worse is that we are changing the climate in a way that is irreversible.”

Seven Worlds, One Planet – coming soon.

Image: Getty Images / Samir Hussein