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.
19 June 2013 06:05 PM
You don't need to go on safari in Africa to encounter a gripping wildlife spectacle. In England there's one coming to an end just about now
12 June 2013 06:12 PM
If nearly all the medieval churches of Britain had been destroyed there would be an outcry. Our disappearing hay meadows deserve the same reverence
05 June 2013 06:16 PM
There is one recent bird immigrant which once seemed on the point of lighting up our springtime, but is sadly now on the point of disappearing completely
29 May 2013 04:27 PM
This uniquely lucky generation always felt a sense of radical specialness - but what did they do to the natural world?
16 May 2013 12:00 AM
To a British enthusiast, it's a once-in-a-lifetime encounter. Oxford don Professor EB Ford caught sight of one in 1941 and set off in frenzied pursuit.
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
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