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Diary of a Young Naturalist

Dara McAnulty

  • First edition
  • First printing
  • Signed by the author

Diary of a Young Naturalist chronicles the turning of 15-year-old Dara McAnulty’s world.

Fro spring and through a year in his home patch in Northern Ireland, Dara spent the seasons writing. These vivid, evocative and moving diary entries about his connection to wildlife and the way he sees the world are raw in their telling.

“I was diagnosed with Asperger’s/autism aged five … By age seven I knew I was very different, I had got used to the isolation, my inability to break through into the world of talking about football or Minecraft was not tolerated. Then came the bullying. Nature became so much more than an escape; it became a life-support system.” Diary of a Young Naturalist portrays Dara’s intense connection to the natural world, and his perspective as a teenager juggling exams and friendships alongside a life of campaigning. “In writing this book,” Dara explains, “I have experienced challenges but also felt incredible joy, wonder, curiosity and excitement. In sharing this journey my hope is that people of all generations will not only understand autism a little more but also appreciate a child’s eye view on our delicate and changing biosphere.”

In 2017 Dara McAnulty was awarded BBC Springwatch `Unsprung Hero’ Award and in 2019 became ambassador for RSPCA and a Young Ambassador for the Jane Goodall Institute. He is the youngest ever recipient of the RSPB medal for conservation.


  • ISBN 9781908213792
  • Title Diary of a Young Naturalist
  • Author Dara McAnulty
  • Publisher Little Toller Books
  • Imprint Little Toller Books
  • Binding Hardback
  • Publication date Thursday 1st January 1970
  • Number of pages 224

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