Peter’s career has included nature conservation, site management and, importantly, interpretation.
His first career was as a professional ecologist. He worked for several nature conservation organisations, in the public and voluntary sectors, before becoming Senior Ecologist for the Peak District National Park Authority. Here he worked for ten years on some of the most sensitive multi-use heritage sites in Europe. The relationship between people and the natural world has always been central to Peter’s life and work.
His ecological work convinced Peter of the crucial importance of effective communication and awareness-raising to wildlife conservation. He became a director in TellTale, working in heritage communication, visitor experience planning and interpretation. He also became a trainer, leading in-service courses in habitat conservation at Losehill Hall, then the country’s foremost training organisation for countryside staff.
The natural world remains central to Peter’s interest in interpretation. He works to find sustainable and rewarding ways to bring people closer to nature at a species, habitat and landscape level. In his work with TellTale he plans and creates great visitor experiences of wildlife, often in sensitive sites and landscapes. He is active for nature in his local community too; for the last fifteen years he has managed Buxton’s community woodlands for people and wildlife.
To cite this article:
IE Management (2016) ‘Peter Phillipson is the new Natural Heritage Coordinator for Interpret Europe’. In Interpret Europe Newsletter 3-2016, 22