Rachel joined BSG Ecology in 2013. She regularly designs and completes ecological surveys for planning applications, undertakes ecological appraisals and impact assessments. She also leads condition discharge and monitoring work, including bat fatality searches using dogs at wind farms, and has led on research projects relating to bats. Rachel is also responsible for resource management and programming at the Newport office, and has a key role in ensuring effective inter-office resourcing.
Rachel holds protected species licences for bats and great crested newt, and has previously held survey licences for medicinal leech (all in both England and Wales). She has also prepared a number of successful European Protected Species Mitigation (EPSM) Licence applications for great crested newt and bats. Rachel is an accredited consultant on the Bat Earned Recognition project.
Rachel has a wide range of experience, predominantly managing complex projects within the renewables, heritage and public sectors. She regularly provides advice on legislation, planning policy and industry guidance relating to the natural environment to developers and planners. Rachel works closely with clients and project teams helping to develop design schemes that include proportionate mitigation and measurable enhancement plans, so that the best outcomes can be achieved.
Prior to joining BSG Ecology, Rachel completed a BSc in Zoology and MSc in Environmental Biology: Conservation and Resource Management at Swansea University. She also worked as a freshwater ecologist for the Swansea Ecological Research Team (SERT).