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Dara McAnulty

Wild Child

Wild Child

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Join brilliant young naturalist Dara McAnulty, winner of the 2020 Wainwright Prize for his book Diary of a Young Naturalist, on a nature walk and experience the joy of connecting with the natural world on your multi-sensory journey. This beautiful gift book, illustrated in full-colour by Barry Falls, is divided into five sections: looking out of the window, venturing out into the garden, walking in the woods, investigating heathland, and wandering on the river bank. Dara pauses to tell you about each habitat and provides fantastic facts about the native birds, animals and plants you will find there - including wrens, blackbirds, butterflies, tadpoles, bluebells, bees, hen harriers, otters, dandelions, oak trees, and many more. Each section contains a discovery section where you will have a closer look at natural phenomenon such as metamorphoses and migration, learn about categorization in the animal kingdom or become an expert on the collective nouns for birds. Additionally, each section concludes with an activity to do when you get home: planting wild flowers, constructing a bird feeder, pond dipping, making a journey stick, and building a vivarium. Dara ends the book with advice for young conservationists and how to follow the countryside code.

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Dara McAnulty is a naturalist, conservationist and activist from Northern Ireland. He's received many awards for his conservation work, including from BBC Springwatch, The Daily Mirror and Birdwatch magazine. He's written and presented numerous natural history programmes for BBC radio and television, and become an ambassador for the RSPCA, the iWill campaign, and the Jane Goodall Institute. Dara is the youngest ever recipient of the RSPB medal for conservation. He lives with his family and Rosie the rescue greyhound at the foot of the Mourne Mountains in County Down. His first book Diary of a Young Naturalist, won the 2020 Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing. Barry Falls grew up in rural Northern Ireland, where he spent a lot of time drawing pictures and writing stories to go with them. When he got to art college in Belfast, he discovered that he might be able to do such a thing for a living, and was very excited. Since then, he's been working as a commercial illustrator, and picking up multiple awards for the work he does for such clients as The New York Times, The Telegraph, American Airlines, Laurence King Publishing, and many more. His work has appeared in magazines, books, exhibitions, on textiles and homeware, and in advertising campaigns around the world. Barry's first book, It's Your World Now! was published in 2019.

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