Letter from Sir David Attenborough

In July 2011, I wrote a letter to Sir David Attenborough. I asked him if he had ever encountered the nationally scarce, Purse Web Spider – Atypus affinis. I included a few A4 prints of photographs of A. affinis, that I had taken at my local Cemetery, in Brighton. A few days later, I was, (and I still am), very proud to have received this reply –

Dear Nik Nimbus,

Thankyou very much for your most interesting letter. I totally agree with you. Spiders are truly fascinating. Indeed I have often said – to my children and others – that when I stop making films, I will settle down and start to study Spiders properly – as you have done and are doing. But that day has not yet dawned so now I am quite certain that you know much much more about Spiders than I do.

You were kind enough to send me some of your spectacular pictures – and with them a return stamped envelope, for me to return them. Did you want them signed? If you do I will gladly do so – though I don’t deserve to have my name on such good pictures. Just let me know.

Meanwhile, thank you again for letting me see them.

Best wishes

David Attenborough

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Sir David’s words originally inspired me to create the Spider Calendar. I send a calendar to Sir David, every year, and I often receive a thank you letter from him.

 

 

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