Luke is an ecologist and botanist with over 19 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. He holds a Level 5 (Professional) Field Identification Skills Certificate awarded by the The Botanical Society of the British Isles (BSBI).
Luke is responsible for the implementation of Countryside Stewardship, Higher Level Stewardship and Basic Payment Scheme agreements across Essex County Council’s 500 hectare Country Park and Woodland estate, and established Legacy Grazing in 2009.
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 in 2016 produced Supplementary Planning Guidance 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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