Phil is the newest member of our Ranger Team following moving to the Islands in March 2018. Despite a fairly unusual introduction to Scilly (he arrived shortly before it snowed!) he's now enjoying the blustery out doors and getting to know Scilly's wildlife and habitats.

After originally training to become a professional musician, I made a career change into wildlife conservation and haven't looked back. I studied Ecology and Environmental Resource Management in Cornwall a few years ago, while volunteering in conservation roles with local organisations to develop my practical skills. I very much enjoyed living and studying in Cornwall and it quickly became my adopted home-county, having moved from the bustling south-east of England.

After graduating with my degree, I found myself heading back up the A30 - guitars in tow - to volunteer full-time with the RSPB at some heathland reserves near my old home in Hampshire. It wasn’t long before a paid opportunity arose with a local Council, working as a ranger across several countryside sites, and I worked there for a couple of years. I developed a broad range of skills and experience, managing habitats and sites of national conservation importance.

In 2017, the opportunity to apply for a Ranger position with the IOS Wildlife Trust arose and I was thrilled to have been successful in landing this job, which has brought me back to the fresh Atlantic sea air. It’s a pleasure working across the islands, enjoying sensational views in every direction and witnessing the lives of our wild flora and fauna unfold before us. It’s a physically challenging job working in all conditions, though this doesn’t bother me as I enjoy keeping fit and being outdoors. The most important and fulfilling aspect of the job is working to protect and promote the threatened habitats and wildlife that reside and visit these islands.

 I Love: Superhero Movies
I Hate: Mustard
My favourite place in Scilly: Periglis, St. Agnes
The animal I’d most like to see in the wild: Emperor Penguins