Penwortham geographer ‘ecstatic’ to receive handwritten letter from Sir David Attenborough

Posted on - 5th May, 2021 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Penwortham, People, Preston News, South Ribble News
Letter from Sir David Attenborough
Heather’s letter from Sir David Attenborough

A student from Penwortham has spoken of her joy at receiving a handwritten letter from Sir David Attenborough.


Heather Needham, who studies BSc Geography at King’s College London, had sent Sir David a copy of her dissertation on deforestation in Colombia.

Heather said: “I have always been inspired by Sir David’s work, particularly his most recent book, A Life on Our Planet, which documents the impacts of human civilisation on the world’s tropical forests.

“I thought that it was the perfect opportunity to send my dissertation, which details the alarming rates of deforestation occurring within post-conflict Colombia.”

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However Heather admits she didn’t hold much hope of hearing back from the legendary broadcaster and natural historian.

She said: “I read that he receives over 70 letters a day. Therefore, I was not really expecting a reply.

“I never receive handwritten letters so when I saw the letter in my post box, I had an inkling it could be from him. I was ecstatic to find a handwritten letter from him in my post box.”

Heather Needham with her letter from Sir David
Heather said receiving the letter from Sir David Attenborough is a ‘dream’

In the letter, Sir David thanks Heather and says: “Your dissertation looks most interesting and valuable, and I know I shall read it with benefit.”

Heather added: “Sir David Attenborough is the world’s greatest environmental advocate who has inspired millions. To have my dissertation research recognised by him is incredible. It’s a geographer’s dream!”

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