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.
08 May 2013 05:28 PM
According to the latest analysis, this legendary bird has only eight years left till extinction. That's far too short a time to appreciated its breathtaking beauty
01 May 2013 03:43 PM
It’s long been hard to find an image for the peculiar intensity of spring
24 April 2013 03:42 PM
There had been a colossal smothering, truly weird to witness
17 April 2013 04:09 PM
Visiting the restored ecosystem of the Norfolk Estate, under which the grey partridge once naturally flourished is like stepping back in time
10 April 2013 05:53 PM
The call of the cuckoo is the most musical sound in all of nature - but clock makers don't often capture it right
03 April 2013 05:24 PM
As you may have noticed, it's far too cold for our beloved bumblebees, but here's what to do while we wait...
29 March 2013 03:47 PM
This will be my last week as Environment Editor after 15 years at The Independent.
It has been a privilege to work for a newspaper which puts the environment first
27 March 2013 06:47 PM
This marks the waking of the natural world after winter’s deadness
26 March 2013 12:00 AM
The weather created disastrous conditions for species such as fritillaries
20 March 2013 04:15 PM
Hercule Poirot would love the Art Deco buildings in the DRC city of Bukavu. He might be less keen on the gorillas
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