My name is Lucia and I work for Plantlife as a Conservation Officer on Magnificent Meadows Wales project. We work on restoration of species-rich grassland at different scales and with different audiences across Wales, UK.

I am originally from Slovakia but did both of my degrees in the UK. I love insects and tropical rainforests (there is the biggest diversity of them there!). I worked for the Natural History Museum in London for a few years in their beetle collections and did insect-collecting expeditions to Africa and Borneo but then realised taxonomy isn't my path and I wanted to get back to practical conservation. I then worked for a charity SEED Madagascar for a year as their research coordinator in Madagascar. Then back in the UK, I did shorter jobs for the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and The Butterfly Conservation, mostly working on projects concerning conservation of rare species. 

In terms of the training outcomes:

  • I did a project development post in the past but this was for a specific funder so I would be interested to learn about wider principles and how these can be applied to different projects, in different countries and of different length
  • I would eventually like to transition to tropical conservation work so I am also hoping this training will help me to do so and will make my CV stronger
  • my current project was quite badly designed so I would be curious to know whether there are any 'quick fixes' in already running projects



Go to the profile of Beth Robinson
12 months ago

Welcome Lucia, sounds like an interesting career you've had! 

Go to the profile of Pearse Stokes
12 months ago