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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Nothing signifies spring quite like blossom mixed with birdsong

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Man is fallen and will destroy the Earth – but at least we greens made him wait

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

This Easter, don’t forget that resurrection is for flowers too

This marks the waking of the natural world after winter’s deadness

A chalkhill blue butterfly sits next to a wheat field in Dover

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The weather created disastrous conditions for species such as fritillaries

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