| ‘My garden and other animals’ - a talk by wildlife TV presenter Mike Dilger
Popular wildlife television presenter, Mike Dilger, visits Bristol Zoo next month (March 2014) to give a fascinating talk about garden wildlife.|
Creature capers and wildlife wonders of the north Somerset countryside will be the focus of Mike’s talk on Tuesday, March 4, which is part of the Avon Gorge and Downs Wildlife Project programme of events.
Mike will discuss the journey he embarked upon when he created a wildlife sanctuary in his own back garden. After a decade living in central Bristol, Mike, best known as the wildlife expert on BBC 1’s The One Show, swapped the urban rat race for a slower pace of life in Chew Stoke with his partner, artist and illustrator, Christina Holvey.
The pair took a chance on a modest yet run-down home just a stone’s throw from the beautiful Chew Valley Lake,after being won-over by the potential of its 90-foot garden which led down to a wooded bank with a small brook at its base.
Through the changing seasons of the following 12-months, Mike and Christina painstakingly brought the garden to life, creating a patchwork of wildlife havens in their own special corner of Somerset.
From otters and badgers to chickens and hedgehogs, what began as a seemingly straightforward mission soon became a huge adventure.“I encounter the wonders of nature on a daily basis through my work, which takes me all over the country in search of all creatures great and small,” Mike explains. “But by simply transforming my own corner of beautiful countryside, I’ve had the opportunity to fall back in love with Mother Nature.”
Now the couple regularly encounter a host of native species in their own mini nature-reserve, from newts, frogs, dragonflies and other small creatures, to mammals such as wood mice, bank voles, hedgehogs, badgers, foxes and even, once, an otter in the brook. A family of soprano pipistrelle bats has even made the couple’s garage their home.
In addition, Mike has recorded over 100 moth species and 15 species of butterflies – a third of all UK species – in the garden, and around 60 species of birds including kingfishers, grey heron, bullfinch, reed buntings, sparrow hawk and little egrets.
‘My garden and other animals’ with Mike Dilger. Tuesday, March 4th, 2014, from 7-8pm. Tickets cost £4. Booking is essential, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0117 903 0609.
There will be a chance to buy a signed copy of Mike’s latest book, ‘My Garden and Other Animals’