Co Down lad follows in Sir David Attenborough’s footsteps

Co Down lad follows in Sir David Attenborough's footstepsA Co Down teenager has said he was “humbled and deeply grateful” to be named the youngest every recipient of the prestigious RSPB Medal.

Dara McAnulty, 15, thought it was “a joke” when he learned he would be joining a list of winners that includes conservation greats like Sir David Attenborough , Chris Mead and Bill Oddie.

The ‘young naturalist’, who is publishing his first book next year, was presented the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds award by the charity’s chair Kevin Cox at the QEII Centre in Westminster last Saturday.

The Shimna Integrated College pupil, who raised £6,000 to satellite tag the RSPB’s red kites and Buzzards in a first of its kind project in Northern Ireland, is also a keen supporter of the School Climate Strikes and Extinction Rebellion.