Ellie is an outdoorswoman and presenter. Her television debut came in 2005 as a presenter on Channel 5’s Childrens’ BAFTA winning series Michaela’s Wild Challenge, undertaking unusual wildlife trials in order to highlight species’ extraordinary traits.
Since 2010 she has been on Countryfile, the BBC’s weekly flagship Sunday night programme. Ellie has written articles and given presentations on various topics including biodiversity, tonic immobility, wildlife gardening and our watery world. She is president of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Ellie spends her down time with her children, sings country, plays banjo, is a fair-weather diver and cycles the hills.
Do you have a favourite spot in the countryside?
So many. I love Sycamore Gap in Northumberland, Loch Etive in the Highlands and the Stroud Valleys of home
What’s been your most memorable moment while making Countryfile? (On or off camera.)
The most challenging moments are the most memorable. I did enjoy cycling up Belach-ne-Bah in Storm Abigail under 70mph horizontal hail. And I will always remember being chased by bloodhounds and horsemen in the Peak District as part of a sport called ‘Chasing the Clean Boot’.
What are you most looking forward to at BBC Countryfile Live 2017?
Last year was fantastic. I’m looking forward to the wildlife area, the activities on the lake and the atmosphere