Dr Rachel Hacking
BSc, PhD
Owner and Principal Ecologist


Rachel has been a practising ecological consultant for over eighteen years, having worked on a variety of projects from small-large housing developments, to large government-led infrastructure across the United Kingdom. She is a classically-trained botanist and holds a PhD in National Vegetation Classification, with specialist knowledge of botanical communities of brownfield sites. Rachel also specialises in invertebrate surveys and assessments. Rachel launched Rachel Hacking Ecology in 2004 and the business has grown considerably since then, attracting seven members of staff to the business. Rachel has designed successful and pragmatic mitigation measures for many protected species and taxon groups, such as bats, Great Crested Newts and Badgers, and goes to great lengths to deliver projects to the satisfaction of all our clients.

Joel Hacking
BSc (Hons.), MSc, AIEMA
Senior Ecologist


Joel joined Rachel Hacking Ecology in 2015, having worked as a freelance ecologist since 2008. Joel holds bat licenses for England, Scotland and Wales. Joel’s interests lie Bats, Birds and survey methodologies. Joel has successfully designed mitigation measures for bats and birds and strives to deliver effective and pragmatic survey results and recommendations for our clients. Joel is passionate about sustainability and currently holds Associate membership of IEMA.

Kate Reed
BSc (Hons.)
Senior Ecologist


Kate joined Rachel Hacking Ecology in 2016 and is expertly trained in GIS and MapInfo. Kate holds a Great Crested Newt Survey licence, and is knowledgeable about GCN, Badger and Water Vole mitigation. Kate graduated with a degree in Marine Biology with Zoology from Bangor University, and has a keen interest and passion for the marine environment. Kate excels at bat surveys and is working towards her Level 2 Natural England licence.

Rosie Fisher
BSc (Hons.), Grad CIEEM


Rosie joined Rachel Hacking Ecology in early 2017. She specialises in Great Crested Newt, Bat, Badger, Water Vole and botanical surveys and holds species licences for Great Crested Newt and Bat (Class 1).  She is a graduate member of CIEEM and holds a CSCS card. Rosie is also proficient in the treatment of invasive plants; holding PA1 and PA6 qualifications for the safe use of pesticides. She has 5 years of ecology experience in consultancy and with the National Trust. Rosie graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a BSc (hons) in Environmental Conservation.

Ben Crossthwaite


Ben joined Rachel Hacking Ecology in 2017 having graduated with a degree from Myerscough College in Ecology and Conservation Management. Ben holds a Tree Climbing & Aerial Rescue qualification and forms part of our team practising aerial tree assessments for bats.

Joe Walters
BSc (Hons.)


Joe joined us in 2018 and has an Ecology degree from Bangor University. Joe is working towards his Great Crested Newt and Class 1 Bat Licences and has a keen interest in botanical and invertebrate surveys. Joe recently travelled to Corsica for a two-week intensive course on reptile, amphibian botanical and habitat survey techniques.

Claire Taylor
Office Manager


Claire joined Rachel Hacking Ecology in 2015 to manage the office and administrate the business, after several years of experience of administration management, within the construction industry.

Ann Medina
Office Administrator


Ann joined Rachel Hacking Ecology in 2018 and assists Claire in the day-to-day management of the company finance and administration.

Helen Branthwaite
Project Manager


Helen joined Rachel Hacking Ecology in 2019, following completion of her degree in Wildlife Conservation & Ecology. Helen manages our job portfolio and weekly schedules.