Dara lives with his mum, dad, brother Lorcan, sister Blathnaid and rescue greyhound Rosie in County Down, Northern Ireland. Dara's love for nature, his activism and his honesty about autism, has earned him a huge social media following from across the world and many accolades- in 2017 he was awarded BBC Springwatch 'Unsprung Hero' Award and Birdwatch magazine 'Local Hero'; in 2018 he was awarded 'Animal Hero' of the year by the Daily Mirror and became ambassador for RSPCA and the iWill campaign; in 2019 he became a Young Ambassador for the Jane Goodall Institute and became the youngest ever recipient of the RSPB Medal for conservation.
'Captivating...[Dara McAnulty's] diary covers everyday events under the panoply of the eternal natural world...a brilliant achievement.' * Age/Sydney Morning Herald * 'Wise, lyrical and well-researched...reading this marvellous diary leaves me with the impression that whatever the future holds, with young people like McAnulty coming to the fore it will be in safer hands.' * Irish Times * 'Diary of a Young Naturalist is a special book indeed. Candid, beautifully written and astonishingly mature for one so young, it vividly conveys its author's intense connection to the natural world.' * Bookseller * 'A joyous celebration of beauty and wonder. McAnulty's powerful connection with the natural world is both inspiration and rallying cry.' * Inga Simpson * 'Our planet and its wildlife are in a dire state, but if anyone can help save them, Dara can - and he's bringing our generation along with him.' * Bella Lack * 'We share a mind, a fascination with nature and a forthright desire to make the world a better place for it. I can't wait to read Dara's book.' * Chris Packham * 'Dara's is an extraordinary voice and vision: brave, poetic, ethical, lyrical, strong enough to have made him heard and admired from a young age.' * Robert Macfarlane * 'McAnulty's writing glows with his deep sympathy for the natural world.' * Tim Flannery *