Diary Of A Young Naturalist, By Dara Mcanulty

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0120200525Dara McAnulty, aged 15, documents the passing of a year in both nature and his life.
0120200525Diary of a Young Naturalist chronicles the turning of 15-year-old Dara McAnulty’s world. Beginning in spring, his diary takes us through a year in his home patch in Northern Ireland.

These vivid and moving diary entries about his connection to wildlife and the way he sees the world are raw in their telling and urgent in their message. Diary of a Young Naturalist portrays Dara’s intense connection to the natural world, and his perspective as a teenager juggling exams and trying to build friendships alongside a life of campaigning.

“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.”

Written and read by Dara McAnulty
Abridged by Jill Waters and Isobel Creed
Produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4

Dara McAnulty, aged 15, documents the passing of a year in both nature and his life.

0220200526Dara has just turned 15 and the first swifts arrive in Northern Ireland.

Dara McAnulty, aged 15, documents the passing of a year in both nature and his life.

0220200526Diary of a Young Naturalist chronicles the turning of 15-year-old Dara McAnulty’s world. Beginning in spring, his diary takes us through a year in his home patch in Northern Ireland.

These vivid and moving diary entries about his connection to wildlife and the way he sees the world are raw in their telling and urgent in their message. Diary of a Young Naturalist portrays Dara’s intense connection to the natural world, and his perspective as a teenager juggling exams and trying to build friendships alongside a life of campaigning.

“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.”

Written and read by Dara McAnulty
Abridged by Jill Waters and Isobel Creed
Produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4

Dara has just turned 15 and the first swifts arrive in Northern Ireland.

Dara McAnulty, aged 15, documents the passing of a year in both nature and his life.

0320200527Dara feels the pressure at school and escapes into nature for some respite.

Dara McAnulty, aged 15, documents the passing of a year in both nature and his life.

0320200527Diary of a Young Naturalist chronicles the turning of 15-year-old Dara McAnulty’s world. Beginning in spring, his diary takes us through a year in his home patch in Northern Ireland.

These vivid and moving diary entries about his connection to wildlife and the way he sees the world are raw in their telling and urgent in their message. Diary of a Young Naturalist portrays Dara’s intense connection to the natural world, and his perspective as a teenager juggling exams and trying to build friendships alongside a life of campaigning.

“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.”

Written and read by Dara McAnulty
Abridged by Jill Waters and Isobel Creed
Produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4

Dara feels the pressure at school and escapes into nature for some respite.

Dara McAnulty, aged 15, documents the passing of a year in both nature and his life.

0420200528Dara spends the last days of the summer holiday immersed in nature, dreading the new term.

Dara McAnulty, aged 15, documents the passing of a year in both nature and his life.

0420200528Diary of a Young Naturalist chronicles the turning of 15-year-old Dara McAnulty’s world. Beginning in spring, his diary takes us through a year in his home patch in Northern Ireland.

These vivid and moving diary entries about his connection to wildlife and the way he sees the world are raw in their telling and urgent in their message. Diary of a Young Naturalist portrays Dara’s intense connection to the natural world, and his perspective as a teenager juggling exams and trying to build friendships alongside a life of campaigning.

“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.”

Written and read by Dara McAnulty
Abridged by Jill Waters and Isobel Creed
Produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4

Dara spends the last days of the summer holiday immersed in nature, dreading the new term.

Dara McAnulty, aged 15, documents the passing of a year in both nature and his life.

0520200529Diary of a Young Naturalist chronicles the turning of 15-year-old Dara McAnulty’s world. Beginning in spring, his diary takes us through a year in his home patch in Northern Ireland.

These vivid and moving diary entries about his connection to wildlife and the way he sees the world are raw in their telling and urgent in their message. Diary of a Young Naturalist portrays Dara’s intense connection to the natural world, and his perspective as a teenager juggling exams and trying to build friendships alongside a life of campaigning.

“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.”

Written and read by Dara McAnulty
Abridged by Jill Waters and Isobel Creed
Produced by Jill Waters
A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4

The stillness of winter finds Dara in reflective mood, as he remembers the past year.

Dara McAnulty, aged 15, documents the passing of a year in both nature and his life.

0520200529The stillness of winter finds Dara in reflective mood, as he remembers the past year.

Dara McAnulty, aged 15, documents the passing of a year in both nature and his life.