Michael McCarthy

Michael McCarthy, formerly the Independent’s longstanding Environment Editor, now its Environment Columnist, is one of Britain’s leading writers on the environment and the natural world. He has won a string of awards for his work, including Environment Journalist of the Year (three times) and Specialist Writer of the Year in the British Press Awards in 2001. In 2007 he was awarded the Medal of the RSPB for “Outstanding Services to Conservation,” in 2010 he was awarded the Silver Medal of the Zoological Society of London, and in 2011 the Dilys Breeze Medal of the British Trust for Ornithology. In 2009 McCarthy published Say Goodbye To The Cuckoo (John Murray), a study of Britain’s declining migrant birds.

Stuck for present ideas? Start with this year’s best nature writing

Here’s something that may point you towards a few late Christmas presents: my best environment books of 2015. Environmental literature is a flourishing genre and, in particular, the tide of New Nature Writing – books of all sorts about the natural world – has become a flood in 2015, with dozens of titles published, many of a tremendously high standard.

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