Dr Phil Sterling

FCIEEM Programme Manager Butterfly Conservation

Phil was the principal ecological adviser to Dorset County Council for 25 years. He held a lead role in the planning, design and implementation of the landscape of the A354 Weymouth Relief Road, a frequently cited example of good practice in the creation of wildlife rich grassland avoiding the use of topsoil. The verges support over 140 plant and 30 butterfly species. The slopes have required no routine maintenance, drastically reducing Carbon footprint and improving highway safety. Phil also managed the authority’s road verge maintenance programme for four years, setting in place the change to adopt removal of grass arisings from existing road verges to reduce soil fertility and grass growth in urban areas as the standard practice. Phil currently works at the UK charity Butterfly Conservation as the lead for ‘Building Sites for Butterflies’, a national programme advising on creation and management of amenity grasslands for wildlife.

My Speaker Sessions

Thursday 16 June 2022


Panel Discussion: Optimising the environment around highway networks and protecting against climate change

11:00 - 11:40 Environment Highways Theatre
  • Rewilding roadside verges, clean air zones
  • Low emission zones for air quality, education etc.
  • Green and blue infra: Resilience in town centres and rural areas. - using hard or soft infra to mitigate flooding risk. E.g. planting, sustainable drainage systems

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