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.
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 jackdaws and
squirrels. She now breeds pedigree Spanish and
Arabian horses and King Charles Spaniels!
Luke does the groundwork for the plant and animals
collections as well as anygeneral site
maintenance. He lives in the Rheidol Valley and is
the safe pair of hands for keeping the polytunnel and
its heaters going on snowy nights. He is recently
become a proud father and his son Sam was our youngest
Jasmine is an expert in exotic invertebrates and
probably has more than we have back at home. She
loves tarantulas but really any insect. She used
to come to the butterfly house as a ten year old when
she also bred The Spicebush swallowtail.
Yana works at the weekends covering the reception desk
with a smattering of gardening and admin. She
makes sure everyone is happy and guarantees a warm
welcome to everyone.
Tom works as a back up staff for when we need
help. He worked with us for two years and lives
further down the valley. He is keen birdwatcher