Michael McCarthy (journalist)

Michael ("Mike") McCarthy is a British environmentalist, naturalist, newspaper journalist, newspaper columnist, and author.

Michael McCarthy
Birkenhead, England
OccupationJournalist and author
Known forWritings relating to natural history
Notable work
Say Goodbye to the Cuckoo

He was born in Birkenhead, Wirral c.1947, the son of John and Norah McCarthy. He studied Modern Languages at the University of Liverpool.

He worked as a journalist first on the Bolton Evening News and then on the Daily Mirror. After 17 years in local and tabloid journalism, he moved first to The Times, then to The Independent on Sunday, and then to The Independent; he worked 27 years for those broadsheet newspapers. He was Environment Editor of The Independent until 2013, and as of July 2015 is its Environment Columnist.[1][2]

He was the driving force behind a campaign by The Independent to identify the reasons for the decline of the British urban House sparrow; but the £5,000 prize offered by that newspaper has as of July 2015 not been awarded.[3]



  • McCarthy, Michael (2 April 2009). Say Goodbye to the Cuckoo. London: John Murray. ISBN 978-1848540637.
  • McCarthy, Michael (21 May 2015). The Moth Snowstorm: Nature and Joy. London: John Murray. ISBN 978-1444792775.


  1. "Michael McCarthy". The Independent. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  2. "Michael McCarthy". 26 February 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  3. McCarthy, Michael (20 November 2008). "Mystery of the vanishing sparrow". The Independent. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  4. "Press Awards Winners 2000–2008". The Press Awards. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  5. "ZSL – Recipients of the Silver Medal" (PDF). Zoological Society of London. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  6. "BTO awards excellence". BTO. 28 October 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  7. "Top environmental journalist honoured". BTO. October 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2015.

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