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 jackdaws and squirrels.  She now breeds pedigree Spanish and Arabian horses and King Charles Spaniels! 

Luke Palmer-Jones

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 visitor ever.

Jasmine Law

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 Hearl

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 Doidge

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 and naturalist.