At WWCE we are committed to wildlife. Biodiversity in the UK has declined drastically since our ages of industrialisation and monoculture intense farming practices. Since the 1930s lowland wildflower meadows have declined by 97% and hedges, home to birds and shelter for other types of wildlife, have been ploughed away to create huge fields supporting monoculture crops.
Solar farms have the potential to support wildlife and contribute to achieving national biodiversity targets. The following infographic by our partner Mongoose Energy shows us how.
By choosing the perfect location and following meticulous planning solar farms can enhance and enrich the biodiversity of the land they sit upon, as is the case with our two flagship projects: the Chelworth and Braydon Manor solar arrays.
Braydon Manor was exhausted pasture that had been used for supporting horses which were destined for France and the meat trade. The land was dull and the soil tired. Chelworth adjoins an industrial estate and is part of an old airfield. Half of the land we are using was the site of old NAAFI buildings and the land contained large blocks of old concrete.
Wiltshire Wildlife Trust has helped us develop and implement a sound biodiversity plan for our sites. See the presentation “Impact of solar farms on ecology and bio-diversity” by WWCE Chair Lesley Bennett for more.
We are very pleased with the results of our biodiversity management plan at Chelworth and we expect to have the same positive outcomes at our currently under construction Braydon Manor site. Over the past few months at Chelworth we have spotted great crested newts, damselfies, many types of butterflies, rabbits, birds, and even some roe deer.
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