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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20060212

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.

20060219

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.

20060226

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.

20060305

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.

20060312

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.

20061118

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?

20061125

Mike 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.

20061202

3/5. 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.

20061209

4/5. 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.

20061216

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 Low2006021220061118

Naturalist 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.

01The Lowest Of The Low2006021220061118

Naturalist 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 Trees2006021920061125

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.

02Phoenix Trees2006021920061125

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.

03The Wettest Place2006022620061202

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.

03The Wettest Place2006022620061202

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.

04The Most Dangerous Place In Britain2006030520061209

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.

04The Most Dangerous Place In Britain2006030520061209

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.

05 LASTThe Biggest Tide2006031220061216

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.

05 LASTThe Biggest Tide2006031220061216

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.