The Effects of Solar Farms on Local Biodiversity: A Comparative Study

This study, carried out by Clarkson & Woods and Wychwood Biodiversity, investigates whether solar farms can lead to greater ecological diversity when compared with equivalent undeveloped sites. The research focussed on four key indicators; botany (both grasses and broadleaved plants), invertebrates (specifically butterflies and bumblebees), birds (including notable species and ground nesting birds) and bats, assessing both species diversity and abundance in each case. The conclusions show that, where wildlife focussed land management is being used, solar farms provide a boost in abundance and diversity of invertebrates such as bees and butterflies, some birds, flowers and broadleaved plants.

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