Extreme Britain

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

Episodes

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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.

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.

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.