Welcome! I'm Phil Markey,
I'm a naturalist, nature photographer and qualified mountain guide based in Cornwall in the UK, but work with all nationalities to create outstanding wildlife holidays worldwide.
I've travelled through approximately 66 countries over 30 years, speak fluent Mandarin Chinese, well studied in the natural sciences and been specialised in botany for the past 20 years studying [Arecaceae], [Cycadae], [Musaceae], some gymnosperms and pteridophyta.
I'm military trained in leadership and logistics. I possess the full, and current ITC SQA accreditation certificate in outdoor first aid. Hold a driving licence to drive any motor vehicle - I have driven through 37 countries on various expeditions, and have extensive experience driving buses, motorcycles, 4x4, 6x6 and 8x8 trucks through all terrains off-road. I also hold a PADI open water diving licence, and I am a Fellow member of the Royal Geographical Society.
I have been studying wildlife, especially birds, mammals and plants all my life. Over the years I have been lucky enough to have studied many of the world's rarest and most endangered animals and plants in their natural environments and I would very much like to share my knowledge and experience working with you as a leader, naturalist and photographer...
With many years experience leading expeditions for other ecotourism companies, scientific establishments and birding tours. Now, as a self-employed leader, and usually working solo I am able to offer you top quality wildlife tours with radically cheaper prices than any other ecotourism provider. As I'm working alone I may not be able to offer such a large selection of tour destinations, but I off-set this by also offering my 'nature expeditions'. I still offer the more traditional, less strenuous & comfortable hotel type of tour or cruise but my nature expeditions by definition require at least some nights in hammocks or tents in true wilderness locations long distances away from any hotels where you have more chances of seeing wildlife and getting better photography in the morning and evening light. Don't be put off! These are not necessarily more strenuous and can quite often involve hanging a hammock beside the car or a short stroll from it. However, as I am also a qualified mountain guide many of my nature expeditions include an optional mountain climb or trek tailored to your abilities. Each tour has a certain amount of flexibility so you can get the absolute most out of your holiday. I can also put together bespoke tours to your requests, anything you especially want to do, animals you want to try and see, place you want to go...
Contact me to discuss your requirements.