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.
09 October 2013 05:50 PM
As a Lepidoptera lover I have longed to see it for years without success
25 September 2013 06:31 PM
A murmuration of these birds is among the most beautiful sights in Britain
18 September 2013 04:41 PM
Not the least unfortunate aspect of his remarks is that they will be used to attack a reasonable central thesis; that soaring population growth is a threat to the world itself
11 September 2013 04:12 PM
Crickets have gone from being among the most everyday insects, to become largely forgotten in Britain outside natural history circles
04 September 2013 03:48 PM
Orford Ness, a promontory of vegetated shingle in Suffolk, is the nearest thing in Britain to Arizona, but it is richer environmentally than it looks
28 August 2013 07:36 PM
Occasionally the natural world can trigger feelings in us that are so intense they are hard to explain. These are not everyday sentiments, and you might not experience them on your ordinary country walk – although then again you might, as I imagine Wordsworth saw his daffodils, and Shelley heard his skylark, in the course of what were probably, in other aspects, ordinary days.
21 August 2013 04:45 PM
Its long, vibrant flower sprays lure lepidoptera like nothing else
07 August 2013 05:02 PM
The swifts have gone from my part of the world, the south-west corner of London, and soon they will be gone from all of Britain
31 July 2013 05:32 PM
The blazing sunshine of July’s first three weeks was a godsend for lepidoptera
24 July 2013 05:33 PM
Like music, the love of birds may be part of what it is to be human
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