Philip Charles, Lead Guide 

Growing up in Suffolk, Philip’s life-long passion for wildlife and the natural world led him to studying a diploma in Animal Management and a degree Animal Conservation Science. Following this an opportunity to undertake research on bears in coastal British Columbia was offered and he spent most of his 20’s in western Canada.

Philip Charles (the smiley one)

He was hired by the world renowned Spirit Bear Lodge and worked as a lead guide for them for 6 years. During this time he certified as a guide with the CBVA and assisted in the training of many of his fellow guides. It is during his time in Canada that Philip further developed his skill with a camera, always learning from the people he encountered there including work with National Geographic, the Nature Conservancy, the BBC and the Smithsonian.

Now settled in his native United Kingdom Philip founded Spirit of Suffolk in 2018. He is also working as a lecturer in the Animal Studies department at a leading, award winning land based college.