Mike Dilger has been an obsessive naturalist since childhood.
happy on his hands and knees identifying British orchids or surveying the Ecuadorian
cloud forests for tropical hummingbirds.
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Having graduated from a Master's
degree in Ecology, Mike Dilger's obsession with the tropics began with his thesis
studying moths in the Ecuadorian Cloud Forest.
This first trip led to a
period of over five years surveying the forests of Vietnam, Tanzania and Peru.
After having spent long periods in the back-of-beyond and accumulated
along the way an impressive array of diseases such as malaria and leishmaniasis,
Mike needed to recuperate.
He decided to return back to Britain to reacquaint
himself with his first passion, British wildlife.
Moving sideways from
conservation to natural history television, Mike presented two natural history
specials and a six part series for Channel 5, which were transmitted between 2000
For the last 3 years Mike has worked at the world famous BBC Natural
History Unit in Bristol.
Projects have included working as an on-screen
contributor for 'Britain Goes Wild', the 'Springwatch Squad' Reporter for 'Springwatch
with Bill Oddie' and as presenter for 'Wild Underground' on BBC Radio 4.
also contributed to a number of items for the BBC1 regional programme 'Inside
Even when pushed, Mike struggles to stick his neck out as to
whether he prefers birding or botanising.
In addition, he confesses he
has recently been trying to see every single species of Dragonfly in Britain and
only has a couple to go!
A hugely sociable and friendly fellow, Mike would
describe his ideal Saturday as spending the day visiting a new nature reserve,
back in time to hear the football scores and rounding off the day with a couple
of pints of Guinness!
Photos of Mike Dilger courtesy of Richard Taylor-Jones.
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