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Nick Baker
Born 22 April 1973 (1973-04-22) (age 36)
Surrey, England

Nicholas Rowan Baker (born 22 April 1973 in Surrey) is an English naturalist and television presenter, notably on Children's BBC's The Really Wild Show. He has recently finished filming Nick Baker's Weird Creatures, which co-stars his frequent sidekick Johnny Blaze.

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Early life

Baker graduated from the University of Exeter in 1993 with a degree in Biological Sciences, but was a keen naturalist from an early age. He co-founded Exeter University's national Bug Club and was a member of the Royal Entomological Society's Youth Development Committee.

As a field naturalist, he has researched the high brown Fritillary butterfly on Dartmoor and with badgers, also in Devon.

Career

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BBC

In Nick Baker's Under The Skin on BBC Two, Baker attempted to get under the skin of animals such as grizzly bears, penguins, rattlesnakes and rhinos - examining their habitats and behaviour in his own way.

In 1999 Baker worked on two science series. He presented Twister and joined the presenting team of the science series, Tomorrow's World. Other ventures have included co-presenting BBC Two's Watch Out with Simon King.

Nick Baker's Weird Creatures was frequently ridiculed on Harry Hill's TV burp. Selections of the show were shown featuring Nick Baker performing poorly, or where a mundane or disappointing animal is featured. This included one episode where Nick went to find a basking shark off the coast of Cornwall, but instead found only otters, seagulls and a dog. After the last of the episodes had been shown Nick Baker appeared on TV Burp and called Hill a 'cheeky git', after throwing a custard pie in Harry's face at the end of a musical number.

Radio

Baker is a regular contributor to Radio 4's The Natural History Programme and writes for many publications including the BBC Wildlife Magazine, Wildlife Watch, RSPB's Bird and Birdlife magazines, the Young Telegraph, the Bug Club magazine, Wild About Animals and FBX magazine.

Publications

Baker wrote Baker's Bug Book and the Natural History Almanac for the UK. He has also been involved in Five and Discovery Channel productions and has worked for National Geographic.

Education

He regularly tours schools with his animals to educate school children and often works with the RSPB.

Baker lives in Chagford on Dartmoor along with a growing menagerie of small animals including spiders, scorpions, stick insects, amphibians, reptiles, butterflies and moths. He keeps pet leeches in the fridge at home and often feeds them by attaching them to his leg. Among his favourites are cane toads and a collection of hissing cockroaches.

Baker's talents are not limited to natural history. He cycles competitively, and as a self-taught harmonica player, percussionist and singer, he regularly performs in jazz and blues bands.

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