Michael McCarthy, formerly the Independent’s longstanding Environment Editor, 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. His most recent book, The Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy, was published in May 2015, again by John Murray.
The Moth Snowstorm was shortlisted for the 2016 Wainwright Prize.