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Claire Wilmer Director of Ecology

As an ecologist with over 10 years’ consultancy experience, Claire uses her technical and commercial skill set to lead a large team of ecological experts in the delivery of projects across all of WYG’s sectors. From award winning schemes such as RSPB Cliffe Pools’ ecological enhancement to Ecological Impact Assessments at Tilbury Power Station to inputs to masterplan design at Brookfield Garden Village, she uses her ability to communicate and collaborate to find practical and pragmatic solutions to often complex ecological issues.

Claire is a Chartered Environmentalist and full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management.  She holds licences to survey and mitigate for bats and great crested newts, and has a wealth of protected species experience which she draws on to identify solutions with a focus on each of her client’s specific requirements.   Claire was on the Technical Review Board for the 2016 Bat Survey Guidelines, and uses her in-depth knowledge to make sure the ecology team continuously delivers robust advice.

Having ‘risen through the ranks’ at WYG, Claire understands the importance of career development and, as well as recruiting ecologists with ambition and potential to become great consultants, uses her own experiences to influence the professional development of ecologists in the team.  Managing a large UK-wide team, she has focused on continuously improving standards, consistency and ‘outside the box’ thinking through the provision of training, mentoring and support which has led to sustainable growth largely based on repeat work and recommendations.

Claire is an advocate of cross-discipline working, frequently working alongside archaeologists, EIA coordinators and Noise and Air consultants to collaborate with clients and colleagues in Planning, Urban and Landscape Design, Transport and Project Management.  As a result, the ecologists are important members of many of WYG’s project teams, from site feasibility and due diligence through planning to delivery and monitoring.  No day is ever the same!

Key projects are:

  • Brookfield Garden Village – Broxbourne Borough Council and Hertfordshire County Council.
  • RSPB Cliffe Pools – RSPB and Boskalis Westminster. Received a Planning Award for Waste and Minerals Planning.
  • Tilbury Power Station, Essex – RWE npower.
  • Rabbit Ings (former Monkton Colliery) restoration – Carillion.  Received a Silver Green Apple Award.