Introducing New Staff Member David Phillips
David in Iceland
David has worked in the travel industry for 10 years, the last seven of which saw him planning, organising and leading astronomically themed tours. In addition to star-gazing from locations with dark skies and visiting observatories around the world, David has witnessed many out-of-this-world phenomena. He has seen eight solar eclipses from far flung destinations around the globe as well as spending many nights viewing spectacular displays of the northern lights from north-east Iceland – one of his favourite places. David has travelled to over 60 countries on all seven continents during which time he has had plenty of opportunities to indulge his lifelong interest in the natural world.
A recent trip to Indonesia to view a total solar eclipse provided some rewarding birdwatching on both sides of the Wallace Line and a chance to view a reintroduction programme for the Bali Myna. Whilst on location researching for the 2015 total solar eclipse David encountered a Polar Bear close to Longyearbyen, the main town on Svalbard. Bears rarely approach the town but this proved an unexpected treat!
David watching the transit of Venus
It can often be the case that those remote areas of the world that are ideal for viewing wildlife are also free from light pollution. It seems natural that we should look up and perhaps turn those telescopes to the skies to enjoy the riches of the universe. Over the coming years David will be planning a range of tours that include both terrestrial nature and also the celestial realm. Forthcoming events under consideration include star-gazing tours to places like Namibia and Morocco and a total solar eclipse in Chile in 2019.
Please do drop David a line at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be kept abreast of this new range of tours.