Rachel Taylor

Senior Ecologist

Rachel acts as scientific liaison and research lead for Wales. Environmental law and the main drivers of ecological change differ between the Principality and England, and her job is to ensure that Welsh research priorities are reflected in BTO’s portfolio; that Welsh projects are developed and can be managed locally; and that Welsh policy and environmental audiences maintain a good understanding and appreciation of the BTO’s research activity.

Interests & Responsibilities

Rachel takes a lead in developing BTO’s scientific profile in Wales, developing regionally appropriate projects and in managing local projects in the Principality. Her particular research interests are in the use of long-term ringing datasets to monitor survival in wading birds; biophysical indicators of body and environmental condition in birds; and the use of tracking technology to study individuals’ use of spatially complex landscapes such as upland farmland. Rachel has a parallel research background in greenhouse gas emission and carbon sequestration modelling in agricultural systems, which helps inform BTO’s work on the wider ecosystem services implications of landscape management for both biodiversity and agricultural production.

Other Information

Active wader, seabird and passerine ringer, and stained glass artist.


BSc (Hons) Animal Biochemistry, Physiology and Nutrition; Reading University, 1991-1994

MSc (Distinction) Wildlife Management and Control; Reading University 1998

PhD ‘Birds using a contemporary Neotropical landscape' (Bangor University and Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE), Costa Rica), 2006

Recent BTO Publications

Seward, A., Taylor, R.C., Perrow, M.R., Berridge, R.J., Bowgen, K.M., Dodd, S., Johnstone, I. & Bolton, M. 2020. Effect of GPS tagging on behaviour and marine distribution of breeding Arctic Terns Sterna paradisaea. Ibis View at journal website (DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12849)
Ian G. Henderson, David Noble, Rachel Taylor & Veronica Mendez 2015. Consultation to the Birds Directive Article 3 Birds of Conservation Concern and Delivery Mechanisms. Research Report no. 663. 113pp
Taylor, R.C., Omed, H. & Edwards-Jones, G. 2014. The greenhouse emissions footprint of free-range eggs. Poultry Science 93 : 231-237
Morrison, C.A., Taylor, R., Hallam, A. & Burton, N.H.K. 2012. The effects on waterbirds of dredging at the Cardiff Bay Barrage: report for 2011/12. Research Report no. 617. ISBN: 978-1-908581-05-1 28pp
Taylor, R.C. 2012. Ageing Wrens Troglodytes troglodytes using the barring pattern across remiges. Ringing & Migration 27 (part 2) : 106-108 Link to publication View at journal website (DOI: 10.1080/03078698.2012.747640)

Other Publications

Gibbons, JM, Williamson, JC, Williams, AP, Withers, PJ, Hockley, N, Harris, IA, Hughes, JW, Taylor, RC, Jones, DL & Healey, JR.  2014, 'Sustainable nutrient management at field, farm and regional level: Soil testing, nutrient budgets and the trade-off between lime application and greenhouse gas emissions' Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, vol 188, pp. 48-56. DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2014.02.016.

R. C. Taylor, H. Omed, G. Edwards-Jones. 2014. The greenhouse emissions footprint of free-range eggs. Poult Sci 2014; 93 (1): 231-237. doi: 10.3382/ps.2013-03489.

Wyn Jones RG, Taylor RC, Omed HM, Edwards-Jones G. 2011. Climatic mitigation, adaptation and dryland food production. Proceedings of the International Dryland Development Commission (IDDC) Tenth International Conference on Dry Land Development

Harvey, C. A.; C. Villanueva; J. Villacís; M. Chacón; D. Muñoz; M. López; M. Ibrahim; R. Taylor; J.L. Martínez; A. Navas; J. Sáenz; D. Sánchez; A. Medina; S. Vílchez; B. Hernández; A. Pérez; F. Ruiz; F. López; I. Lang; S. Kunth; F.L. Sinclair. 2005. Contribution of live fences to the ecological integrity of agricultural landscapes in Central America. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 111: 200-230.