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Discovering the wonder of lockdown wildlife with Dara McAnulty

Posted On: 21 May 2020   |   Posted By: The Big Issue

Discovering the wonder of lockdown wildlife with Dara McAnulty

At the age of 16, Dara McAnulty is a leading light of the conservation and climate movement. As well as being championed as a Big Issue Changemaker earlier this year, he is about to publish his debut book, Diary of a Young Naturalist next week.
Like many of us, Dara relies on the natural world to bring solace. But what happens when a naturalist is denied access to nature?
Writing in The Big Issue about having to stay inside his home in County Down, he said:
“I'm not going to lie. It hasn't been easy. It's been awful. This pandemic, which has been sweeping across the globe, has turned all our lives upside down. Of course, some more than others. My sister contracted Covid-19 first, before lockdown happened and so we had already been isolating. Then, a couple of weeks later, my mum contracted the virus, much more severely. She is now recovering, and our house, which has been holding its breath for a few weeks now, is starting to breathe a little easier.
“For most of the lockdown we have had to stick to our...

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