DR Rachel Saunders BSc PhD MCIEEM is an ecologist with over 20 years’ experience in ecology and conservation. She manages the team of ecologists in the Norwich office and specialises mainly in mammal ecology and protected species issues. She has experience in the management of designated sites and a good working knowledge of UK and European legislation and national planning policy and guidance.
Her portfolio includes ecological impact assessments for wind farm developments, rail and road infrastructure and major housing projects across the East Anglian region and elsewhere in the county. She regularly acts as named ecologist on European Protected Species Mitigation (EPSM) licences and was co-author on the second edition of the CIRIA publication Working with Wildlife (CIRIA 2011). She is a skilled project manager with a good understanding of the planning process and the needs of the client. Her particular strength is her technical expertise and client liaison coupled with an ability to manage a high turnover of diverse project types.