Welcome Dara McAnulty

Sir, – How inspired of you to launch a new monthly column by the brilliant young naturalist Dara McAnulty (Weekend Review, June26th).

And how modest and unassuming of the writer to let us be the judges of whether or not his words can “help save nature”.

His book, Diary of a Young Naturalist, has already inspired hordes of young school children in nature classes to look under rocks and examine the wildlife around them.

His remarkable way with words, watching baby goldfinches “crownless and giddy. . . their bubbling call swirls with swallow song”, is nothing short of poetry!


What a wonderful ambassador he is in the campaign to protect our environment. I can’t wait to take delivery of several copies of his upcoming book, Wild Child, A Journey Through Nature, to read to my grandchildren.

– Yours, etc,




Co Dublin.

Sir, – An incredibly well written piece by Dara McAnulty (Weekend Review, June 26th). It took me to places long forgotten in nature.

Such a talent. Well done, a wonderful and magical addition to all our Saturday mornings. – Yours, etc,


Dublin 14.