Hertiage Fund Adviser - Secrets of the Solent

Director Phil Collins is  an Expert Adviser for Landscape and Biodiversity and for Digital for the National Lottery Heritage  Fund.


Phil has been working closely with HF staff and applicants to monitor projects, resolve project difficulties and to ensure the delivery of high quality schemes.

The four‐year project involving the Solent and its internationally important marine habitats and species, which are amongst the most diverse in the UK. The area is under threat from pollution (including marine plastics),commercial fishing and recreational angling practices and the impacts of anchoring in sensitive habitats.

The Secrets of the Solent project’s principal aims are to:

* Increase understanding and inspire interest and involvement in the Solent’s exceptional marine environment

* Promote and encourage positive behaviour in order to limit damage to Marine Conservation Zones and other Marine Protected Areas

* Raise the profile of Marine Protected Areas (including MCZs) and the heritage they contain.

Phil was a member of the HLF's SW Committee from 2013 - 2019 helping make decisions on grant requests between £100,000 and just under £1million across the region

Project Example

Secrets of the Solent Project



Heritage Fund / Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust


2019 - 2023

 Our contribution:


  • Provision of advice

  • Review of financial claims and progress reports

  • Chairing review meetings

  • Providing reports to HF