YJA Nature Correspondent explains how and why he wrote to Sir David Attenborough

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David Attenborough narrates most nature documentaries for the BBC. I have seen many of his programmes and am currently captivated by the hugely popular TV series, The Hunt.
Being a YJA Nature Correspondent, I thought to myself that I might be able to email him and ask him some questions. So I typed a letter up, but when I came to finding his email address I could not find it. I did, however, find his production company’s postal address so I decided to actually write the letter out and send it to that address.
It took me seven attempts to write the letter correctly without making mistakes! It is so different writing by hand than typing where you just delete or copy and paste.

These are the questions I gave him and the answers he gave me:

Q How long have you been interested in nature?
A I have been interested in the natural world for as long as I can remember.

Q What is your favourite animal?
A My favourite animal is the weedy sea dragon.

Q Who inspired you as a child?
A I was, as a child inspired by an American called Ernest Thompson Seton.

Days went by with no luck and I thought all hope was lost. I had almost forgot about all about it, but one day, the tenth of December, I came back from kickboxing and the letter was at our house.
When I opened it I jumped around with excitement! I straightaway rang up all of my friends and told them I had had a handwritten reply from Sir David Attenborough.
I also emailed Bill, YJA Senior Editor, to tell him the fantastic news. He was so excited he even wrote an article about it!
That was nearly two weeks ago and I still can’t believe it!
So here’s the letter that I will treasure forever:




Toby, YJA Nature Correspondent

Year 6

Burgh School


2 Responses to YJA Nature Correspondent explains how and why he wrote to Sir David Attenborough

  1. Beck December 21, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Great article Toby, I can still remember the night you called me and I couldn’t believe what I was hearing and you sounded so excited! I still can’t believe that you got a personal reply not just a signed picture.

  2. Louie January 27, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    I can believe you got a hand written reply from David Attenborough!

    Great article!