Extreme Britain

Naturalist Mike Dilger visits extreme places in the British Isles to discover how their situation affects natural history, climate and even folklore.

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20060212Naturalist Mike Dilger visits extreme places in the British Isles to discover how their situation affects natural history, climate and even folklore.

1/5. The Lowest of the Low

Mike takes his altimeter to find the lowest of the low. At more than four metres below sea level, Holme Fen, near Peterborough, is the lowest place in the British Isles. He explores the history and natural history of the location, with English Nature warden Alan Bowley and retired local farmer John Bliss.

Naturalist Mike Dilger visits extreme places in the British Isles to discover how their situation affects natural history, climate and even folklore.

1/5. The Lowest of the Low

Mike takes his altimeter to find the lowest of the low. At more than four metres below sea level, Holme Fen, near Peterborough, is the lowest place in the British Isles. He explores the history and natural history of the location, with English Nature warden Alan Bowley and retired local farmer John Bliss.

Then News.

20060219Naturalist Mike Dilger visits extreme places in the British Isles to discover how their situation affects natural history, climate and even folklore.

2/5. Phoenix Trees

Mike searches for Britain's oldest tree, but soon discovers that appearance isn't everything. From ancient woodland in Lose to river cliffs in Worcestershire, his journey completely changes his views on how trees grow and age.

Naturalist Mike Dilger visits extreme places in the British Isles to discover how their situation affects natural history, climate and even folklore.

2/5. Phoenix Trees

Mike searches for Britain's oldest tree, but soon discovers that appearance isn't everything. From ancient woodland in Lose to river cliffs in Worcestershire, his journey completely changes his views on how trees grow and age.

Then News.

20060226Naturalist Mike Dilger visits extreme places in the British Isles to discover how their situation affects natural history, climate and even folklore.

3/5. The Wettest Place

Mike visits Borrowdale in Cumbria to meet the man who farms the wettest inhabited place in Britain. They walk through England's temperate rainforest where rare mosses and ferns luxuriate in the regular downfalls.

Naturalist Mike Dilger visits extreme places in the British Isles to discover how their situation affects natural history, climate and even folklore.

3/5. The Wettest Place

Mike visits Borrowdale in Cumbria to meet the man who farms the wettest inhabited place in Britain. They walk through England's temperate rainforest where rare mosses and ferns luxuriate in the regular downfalls.

Then News.

20060305Naturalist Mike Dilger visits extreme places in the British Isles to discover how their situation affects natural history, climate and even folklore.

4/5. The Most Dangerous Place in Britain

If you're susceptible to folklore, then Dartmoor is probably the most dangerous place in Britain. As Mike discovers, there are more witches, devils and hell-hounds per square mile here than in any other part of the country. Travelling to the eerie Wistman's wood and bleak tors, Mike unearths the links between the landscape and the legends they hold.

Naturalist Mike Dilger visits extreme places in the British Isles to discover how their situation affects natural history, climate and even folklore.

4/5. The Most Dangerous Place in Britain

If you're susceptible to folklore, then Dartmoor is probably the most dangerous place in Britain. As Mike discovers, there are more witches, devils and hell-hounds per square mile here than in any other part of the country. Travelling to the eerie Wistman's wood and bleak tors, Mike unearths the links between the landscape and the legends they hold.

Then News.

20060312Naturalist Mike Dilger visits extreme places in the British Isles to discover how their situation affects natural history, climate and even folklore.

5/5. The Biggest Tide

Mike experiences the Severn bore at first hand, as he discovers the wealth of wildlife which feeds and flourishes courtesy of the highest tidal range in Britain.

Naturalist Mike Dilger visits extreme places in the British Isles to discover how their situation affects natural history, climate and even folklore.

5/5. The Biggest Tide

Mike experiences the Severn bore at first hand, as he discovers the wealth of wildlife which feeds and flourishes courtesy of the highest tidal range in Britain.

Then News.

20061118Mike Dilger explores the extremes of the British countryside.

1/5. The Lowest of the Low

Holme Fen is the lowest point in Britain. The marsh's past holds the secret of its depth, but could this change in the future?

Mike Dilger explores the extremes of the British countryside.

1/5. The Lowest of the Low

Holme Fen is the lowest point in Britain. The marsh's past holds the secret of its depth, but could this change in the future?

20061125Mike Dilger explores the extremes of the British countryside.

2/5. Phoenix Trees

Mike searches for Britain's oldest tree, but soon discovers that appearance isn't everything. From ancient woodland in Gloucestershire to river cliffs in Worcestershire, his journey completely changes his views on how trees grow and age.

200612023/5. The Wettest Place

Mike Dilger explores the extremes of the British countryside. He visits Borrowdale in Cumbria to meet the man who farms the wettest inhabited place in Britain. Nearby he walks through England's temperate rainforest, where rare mosses and ferns luxuriate in the regular downfalls.

200612094/5. Mike Dilger explores the extremes of the British countryside.

For those susceptible to folklore, Dartmoor is probably the most dangerous place in Britain, with more witches, devils and hell-hounds per square mile than in any other part of the country.

20061216Mike Dilger explores the extremes of the British countryside.

5/5. He experiences the Severn Bore at first hand as he discovers the wealth of wildlife which feeds and flourishes in the environment of the highest tidal range in Britain.

Mike Dilger explores the extremes of the British countryside.

5/5. He experiences the Severn Bore at first hand as he discovers the wealth of wildlife which feeds and flourishes in the environment of the highest tidal range in Britain.

01The Lowest Of The Low2006021220061118Naturalist Mike Dilger visits extreme places in the British Isles to discover how their situation affects natural history, climate and even folklore.

Mike takes his altimeter to find the lowest of the low.

At more than four metres below sea level, Holme Fen, near Peterborough, is the lowest place in the British Isles.

He explores the history and natural history of the location, with English Nature warden Alan Bowley and retired local farmer John Bliss.

02Phoenix Trees2006021920061125Mike searches for Britain's oldest tree, but soon discovers that appearance isn't everything.

From ancient woodland in Lose to river cliffs in Worcestershire, his journey completely changes his views on how trees grow and age.

03The Wettest Place2006022620061202Mike visits Borrowdale in Cumbria to meet the man who farms the wettest inhabited place in Britain.

They walk through England's temperate rainforest where rare mosses and ferns luxuriate in the regular downfalls.

04The Most Dangerous Place In Britain2006030520061209If you're susceptible to folklore, then Dartmoor is probably the most dangerous place in Britain.

As Mike discovers, there are more witches, devils and hell-hounds per square mile here than in any other part of the country.

Travelling to the eerie Wistman's wood and bleak tors, Mike unearths the links between the landscape and the legends they hold.

05 LASTThe Biggest Tide2006031220061216Mike experiences the Severn bore at first hand, as he discovers the wealth of wildlife which feeds and flourishes courtesy of the highest tidal range in Britain.