Castle Hill Ecology sprang into life in April 2015 after a few years of working as a freelance ecologist.
Rachel now has over ten years of ecological consultancy experience. Able to carry out a range of species-specific field surveys and produce high-quality technical reports, her specialism is in bats with an interest in bats and historic buildings. Rachel has a BSc (Hons) Environmental Conservation and an MSc in Conservation and Forest Protection, and has Natural England Class 3 and 4 survey licences for bats and Class 1 survey licences for Hazel Dormouse and Great Crested Newt. She is an associate member of the Charted Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) and is registered under the CSCS scheme.
In her spare time Rachel is a keen conservation volunteer, helping with wildlife surveys and practical conservation management. Her main area of interest is bats and she is always looking to increase her knowledge and experience, both as an ecologist and a volunteer. Rachel is an active member of the Cambridgeshire Bat Group, being the group secretary, events coordinator, running bat walks, helping with trapping surveys, and managing the group website and social media account.
Rachel has attended bat research trips to several of the Greek islands with Greena Ecological Consultancy, where the aim is to record calls and catch bats in the hand to identify them and compile a species list for each island, most of which have very few records to date. Islands visited so far include Ikaria (September 2014), Chios (May 2015), Kos (September 2015), Andros (June 2016), Lesvos (October 2016, June 2017 and May 2018), Naxos (October 2017), Lefkada (June 2018), Corfu (June 2019) and Evvia (October 2020). She has also seen various species on her travels around Vietnam, Thailand and Laos.