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.

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A solar energy farm in France

Nature Studies: For all the attractions of solar power, it shouldn’t blight the countryside

It's a terrific energy source, but that doesn't mean it should ride roughshod over every other environmental consideration

A British army policeman tracks down locations of traps used by poachers to catch migratory birds on a British sovereign base in the region of Dhekelia

Nature Studies: Why is Britain turning a blind eye to the mass slaughter of songbirds?

As many as 78 threatened bird species have been victims of illegal trapping on British-owned soil

A member of the 'Taiji Dolphin Action Group', curls up on a sheet depicting the Japanese flag

Nature Studies: We must protest against the outrageous cruelty of Japan's dolphin slaughter

The dolphin hunts at Taiji Cove are as revolting a spectacle as it is possible to imagine

In the bleak midwinter the striking Suffolk landscape takes centre stage

There’s a real wildness provided by the estuaries, and especially by the heath

A hawk is seen resting in a tree in the Florida Everglades on August 11, 2011 in the Everglades National Park, Florida. The Obama administration announced it will pump $100 million into Everglades restoration. The money will go to buy land from ranchers as much as 24,000 acres - some 37 square miles - in four counties northwest of Lake Okeechobee and preserve them under permanent conservation easements.

Nature Studies: My best nature books of 2014

Here are the seven books I would recommend for anyone with a love for the natural world and its inhabitants

It's not just humans who learn new things from tweets

Nature Studies: It’s not only humans who learn from tweeting the latest trends

A new study has revealed that birds don't always act instinctively, but have their own social networks and cultures too

Two feral monk parakeets fight over a blade of grass after a thunderstorm in Cooper City, USA

There’s no morality in nature – animals do what comes naturally

Nature Studies: We should stand back a little, and pause before judging

Can you really see animal pictures in the wings of a butterfly? I believe so

In the past humans have not seen these images, as we look from the same angle

The man, named as Henry Miller, 19, from Bristol, was in a remote rainforest area of Colombia with other tourists when he drank yage with a local tribe, Sky News has reported.

Nature isn’t a luxury, it’s an essential. And if we can vote for it, we should

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View From Powerstock Nature Reserve, Dorset. (© Tony Bates/Press image from Jessica Thornton)

If you love wildlife, think twice before contemplating voting to leave the EU

The strongest protection for nature in the UK comes straight from Europe

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Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

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No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
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Comedians share stories of depression

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A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

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