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Dr Rachel Saunders

Associate Director - Ecology

Rachel joined the company in 2007 and has over 20 years’ experience in ecology and conservation, specialising mainly in mammal ecology and protected species issues. She has worked on ecological impact assessments, Habitat Regulations Assessments and surveys for developments at all scales, including major housing developments, renewable energy installations and rail and road infrastructure.

Rachel sits on multi-disciplinary project design teams and manages collaborative projects with other disciplines such as landscape architects to provide a holistic and robust approach to design planning. She has a good working knowledge of UK and European legislation and national planning policy, and its interplay with ecology and biodiversity.

Prior to working at Temple, Rachel worked for English Nature/Natural England where she was responsible for the management of Sites of Special Scientific Interest and responding to statutory development control consultations. She also advised partner organisations on land management issues and was involved in developing clear policy and guidance on protected species within the planning system and integration into agri-environment schemes.

In her spare time, Rachel loves to travel, learn Spanish, go fossil hunting, walk on her local North Norfolk beaches and exercise at the gym.