David Attenborough shares why he won’t return to Instagram after being ‘persuaded’ to join

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But Sir David’s last post was on October 31 and he has now said he is offline for good after being inundated with messages. Speaking on Radio 1 Breakfast with Greg James, the naturalist said he was not able to deal with the technology.

He said: “I’m so old I can’t get used to all these new media but I was persuaded to do so in order to do a message about conservation. So for a limited period of time I contributed to Instagram, but I’m off now.

“I’m not on it anymore and I don’t intend to go back. I’ve got enough problems with post. I get 70 letters a day. I do my very best [to respond to them all].

“Sometimes people, mercifully, don’t actually put their address on because people are so unaccustomed to sending letters.”

At the suggestion more people would now write to him and expect a response, Sir David said: “If you wouldn’t mind including a self-addressed stamped envelope I’d be delighted to reply.”

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