Luke is an ecologist and botanist with over 15 years' experience of ecological survey, and providing nature conservation management, policy and planning advice. Before joining Essex County Council's Place Services, he worked in both the private and charitable sectors for Land Use Consultants and Essex Wildlife Trust. He is an experienced field botanist and has been involved in habitat surveys covering some of southern England's most iconic grassland habitats such as the hay meadows of Dartmoor, chalk grasslands of the North Downs and grazing marshes in the Thames Estuary.
He is a chartered environmentalist and member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.
Since 2007 he has been plan-lead for the Essex Species-Rich Grasslands Biodiversity Action Plan, and established the Essex Grazing Project in 2009. Luke is responsible for the implementation of Countryside Stewardship, Higher Level Stewardship, Woodland Grant Scheme and Basic Payment Scheme agreements across the County Council’s 500 hectare Country Park and Woodland estate.
Luke has published a grass identification guidebook with Essex Wildlife Trust and a grassland vegetation classification key for Kent County Council. In 2014 he published the Essex Biodiversity Validation Checklist and is currently preparing a Supplementary Planning Document for the Essex Minerals Local Plan that sets out guidelines for the creation and management of over 200 hectares of Lowland Meadow and other open habitats through the sympathetic restoration of new quarries.
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