From leaping dolphins to boxing hares, soaring eagles to the beat of a million wings -- the British Isles offer some of the richest and most varied wildlife encounters in Europe. But how do you pick the must-see events? Britain is one of the best wildlife spots in Europe and this is the best of the best -- as voted for by a panel of naturalists from suggestions from the public via BBC TV, BBC local radio and the web. Nature's Top 40: Britain's Best Wildlife is a definitive top-40 list of the UK's most spectacular wildlife wonders. Based on the public's recommendations, Mike Dilger gives a unique countdown of the UK's 40 most remarkable sights, with tips on where and when to go, along with the fascinating stories behind each event -- why it happens, what's going on and how to get the very best view. So what are Britain's top 40 sights, and which one is top of the wildlife pops?
Mike Dilger is an obsessive naturalist and freelance presenter who has birded, botanized and entomologised his way across a huge range of countries. He spent four years as a research biologist in the tropics of Ecuador, Tanzania and Vietnam, and is now a regular TV presenter on natural history programmes. Besides Nature's Top 40, Mike has presented on BBC's Nature's Calendar, Springwatch and Hands on Nature, amongst others, and is currently making a series on wildlife gardening for ITV West Country. During 2008 he will also be appearing on The ONE Show. Mike co-wrote Nature's Calendar to complement the TV series and writes a range of articles for BBC Wildlife and WWT Waterlife magazines. www.mikedilger.co.uk