Magic of Life Butterfly House

Aberystwyth, Wales

The Staff at the Magic of Life

Neil Gale - Manager

Neil Gale set up the Trust in 2000 and oversaw the design and the construction of the butterfly house. Neil Manager

From an early age, he grew exotic plants as a hobby. After school, this interest took him to Asia where he spent ten months travelling around the wilderness areas of Borneo and Sumatera. It was here that the bird-sized swallowtails captured his interest in butterflies. He went on to visit many of the rain forest areas such as South America, West Africa and India. His field research meant that he could stay for months out in the forests. After coming back from seven years' abroad, he worked briefly at the Countryside Council for Wales while he worked on the establishment of the butterfly house. Neil read botany at University and has a Phd in rain forest ecology.

Emma Cummings - Assistant Manager

Emma fronts the reception room and gift shop and does a lot of the admin and marketing for the Charity.  She powers through a huge range of jobs but also has an expert eye for any animal in trouble.  From an early age, she kept all sorts of wild animals such as crows and squirrels.  She now breeds pedigree Spanish and Arabian horses and King Charles Spaniels!