Phil was a Firefighter for over 20 years until his fairly recent change from fire to water! During his last 3 years, he trained to operate a fast rescue boat around the Shetland coastline during service at Sumburgh airport fire station. This work entailed a large amount of training time spent negotiating difficult sea conditions & navigation in rough weather, day & night. He has achieved Powerboat Level 2, Sea Survival, is a VHF Radio Operator & has both First Aid & Professional Practices & Responsibilities qualifications. All of this plus his seafaring experience & knowledge puts Phil in a perfect place at the helm of our bespoke Noss Wildlife Boat.
Phil has been a keen birder & naturalist since his youth & has been a wildlife guide sporadically over the past 13 years, working for several internationally reputable wildlife tour companies in Shetland, Lesvos & Spitsbergen. Being a Shetland Bird Club committee member, on the rarities committee & heavily involved with the Shetland Ringing Group he is at the forefront of bird studies on Shetland carrying out regular monitoring work of Shetlands birds. Phil is delighted to bring all his training & expertise together to run Shetland Seabird Tours Ltd. & share his infectious enthusiasm & knowledge with his many passengers here on the Isles!
Rebecca hails from a family of keen naturalists & globe trotters & can’t remember a time when she didn’t have a passion for wildlife & photography. She has a Certificate in Ornithology from Cambridge University, an MSc in Conservation Management & a 2:1 Hons degree in Geography & Environmental Studies from Winchester University. A varied career as a freelance Ecologist & Wildlife Photographer, Rebecca also regularly guided wildlife tours in Shetland & overseas locations including Lesvos & Spitsbergen.
Rebecca has excellent ornithological & communication skills & has worked in the tourism & conservation sectors throughout the last 20 years. She has been a professional wildlife photographer for the last 12 years & is keen to share her photographic passion with our passengers, so they too can enjoy the numerous photographic opportunities whilst aboard the Noss Boat.
Rebecca has worked for several ecological consultancies carrying out survey work on both land & sea. She is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management & has carried out voluntary bird surveys throughout Shetland on behalf of the BTO and RSPB & also keeps annual records from birds to hoverflies for the Shetland Biological Records Centre. She has found several new invertebrate species for Shetland. Rebecca is Treasurer & Membership Secretary of the Shetland Bird Club & a full committee member. Rebecca & Paul Harvey produced a long awaited photographic book ‘Discover Shetland’s Birds‘ in 2015 through the Shetland Amenity Trust, which became an instant best seller.
Rebecca & Phil met on Fair Isle in 2003 during a dream two year contract Rebecca had as Seabird Officer & Assistant Warden at Fair Isle Bird Observatory. Rebecca is the driving force behind the business administrative & social media operations when not entertaining young daughter Ayda Ruby or overseeing the family run Bed & Breakfast from their Georgian townhouse overlooking Lerwick harbour (Ortolan House B&B).