presenter • wildlife expert • writer
In April 2014 Philippa and her family moved to Wyoming for a year where they both had contracts with National Geographic magazine. Philippa was making small video inserts for the National Geographic website, filming and interviewing the people who make Yellowstone Park work as an enterprise. You can read her blog, ‘While I was meant to be writing...’ by clicking the link below. 2015 saw the family back in the UK where she filmed the second series of BBC2's Harvest, co presented with Greg Wallace and James Manning.
2016 saw Philippa and her family return to the USA, again based in Wyoming. Where Philippa continued blogging for National Geographic Magazine and focused on other writing commitments. Philippa's latest book, 'On the Trail of Wolves', was released in 2020.
Before their life in the States, Philippa took part in an episode of the series, ‘I Bought A Rainforest’ which followed the story of husband Charlie’s journey in Peru when be bought a track of rainforest in an attempt to block off a route into a National Park for the loggers. This aired on BBC2 in June 2014. She also filmed two great series for the BBC; the Great British Wildlife Revival, TX August 2013 and Harvest series 1 on BBC2, TX September 2013. In spring 2012 she contributed to BBC1‘s Bang Goes The Theory.
Spring 2010 saw Philippa on our screens on BBC1 alongside her husband wildlife cameraman Charlie Hamilton James and their three boys in a wonderful four part series following the wildlife on and around the river that runs close to their home. For four glorious weeks on Sunday evenings we were all transported into a magical world that Philippa and Charlie were able to share with us, in'Halcyon River Diaries’. Filmed over a year we watched them experience life on the river following the same group of animals through the various seasons. Philippa and Charlie run their own production Company ‘Halcyon Media’ that specialises in Natural History programming. Previously best know as a TV and radio presenter this published author and travel writer now adds the title of Producer and Script Writer to her extensive portfolio.
What is not so well known about this busy and versatile lady is that she not only has a degree in English but also a First Class Honours degree in Ecology and Conservation from Birkbeck College, London. She has also presented many documentaries for the BBC’s Natural History Unit. She is passionate about conservation and the ecology of our planet and was thus asked to present a weekly ‘live’ radio programme on behalf of the Natural History unit called ‘World on the Move’which followed animals during migration. This was at the time, the largest Natural History event commissioned on BBC R4.
“Thank you on behalf of NIACE, for supporting Adult Learners Week 2010 and for sparing the time to host the National Awards Ceremony. Once again, you handled the event with great charm and finesse, making the day a very special one indeed for all the award winners. We’ve had some great feedback from the audience, many of whom have never experienced such an occasion or even been to London before. We hope that you enjoyed the event as much as we did and wish you the very best for your current projects.”
Alan Tuckett. Chief Executive. National Institute of Adult Continuing Education
“Thank you so much for taking the time to come to our On Vision, Health First conference. I thought the ad-lib went very well on stage and you could tell, I am sure, from both the audience reaction and the queues for your autograph that you are hugely popular with our pharmacists and teams. I am delighted at the way the advertising is developing, and I do believe that you are becoming synonymous with Lloyds Pharmacy as we build the brand and that your style and approach has a unique appeal for our customers. I am pleased you too enjoy working with us.”
Justin Ash, Managing Director, Lloyds Pharmacy
“I think everyone thought Philippa was really good. She was really down to earth and everyone liked the fact that she related things to how she felt as a mother. She was very professional and I think she added to the evening. I was impressed by the way she added to her speech from the very basic layout we gave her."
CWDC Early Years Professional Celebration Ceremony,
Childrens Workforce Development Council
“Philippa was the star of the CIWM Awards for Environmental Excellence at the Dorchester on Wednesday this week. As the CIWM's Senior Vice President it was my particular pleasure to compere the event where Philippa made an absolutely stunning impression on those present.”
Terry March, CIWM Senior Vice President