Project Example

Magical Mammals



Heritage Fund 


2019 - 2023

 Our contribution:


  • Provision of advice

  • Review of financial claims and progress reports

  • Chairing review meetings

  • Providing reports to HF


Phil is helping support the development phase of Magical Mammals an exciting new initiative to conserve endangered pine martens and red squirrels in North Wales. The project has been awarded a development funding grant* of £32,600 by 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.

'Magical Mammals' is a partnership between Red Squirrels Trust Wales, Clocaenog Red Squirrels Trust and Natural Resources Wales which aims to reverse the decline of rare forest wildlife and help people play a hands on role in mammal conservation.

The funding award will allow conservationists to map existing red squirrel and pine marten habitat in key areas of North Wales. Plans to boost populations by releasing animals that have been born in Zoos as part of ongoing captive-breeding programmes will be developed along with ways to make wildlife conservation more accessible to people irrespective of their age, background, experience or ability.

The project will build upon the highly successful national Red Squirrels United project run by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts and part funded though the European Unions’ LIFE program.

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


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