Biodiversity management

Championing biodiversity as a critical milestone on the journey towards a low-carbon future

Here’s a closer look at how we conserve flora and fauna at our solar parks.


Boundary trees and woodland not only provide excellent animal habitats but also usefully screen solar arrays from general view. Native oak, willow, hazel, blackthorn and ash are in abundance at sites such as Wilmingham and Warleigh Barton.

Meadows, grassland and wild flowers

Newer sites such as Emberton, Branston and Lackford Estate have seen species-rich, locally-suited grasses established or re-seeded according to land management plans, with medleys of wildflowers attracting a rich variety of birds and insects. At Berwick, landowners have overcome naturally marshy conditions, supporting insects, breeding birds and small mammals by planting over 900m of native hedgerow.


Ground-mount solar parks are often developed on low-grade land, to avoid impact on existing farming methods. At parks such as Rudbaxton and St Columb, livestock have been retained and replenished, allowing fruitful continuity of agricultural best practice. Sizeable flocks graze at Battens Farm, Hellums Field, Wilmingham, Warleigh Barton and Callington.

Birds and bats

At the award winning Lackford Estate solar park, responsible land management ensures protection of nesting stone curlews. Four Burrows conserves the EU-protected breeding habits of skylarks, and we have installed numerous bird and bat boxes at most sites.

Small mammals

The ample vegetation which flourishes at most solar PV parks protects and helps propagate a diversity of fauna, with Warleigh Barton‘s hazel coppice ideal for dormice and similar species. At Battens Farm, developers have taken care not to disturb badger setts, whilst at Lackford Estate, transit gaps were created for smaller mammals.


Maturing new and re-seeded meadows and flowers naturally encourage butterflies, beetles, spiders and arthropods, with insect hotels and log piles found at numerous sites.

Amphibians and reptiles

All parks have established land management programmes sympathetic to lizards, frogs, toads and other reptiles. Branston features hibernacula attractive to these fast-disappearing species.