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The Silent Victims: The Undeniable Negative Impact of Large Solar Farms on Wildlife.

As the world embraces the transition to renewable energy, the construction of large-scale solar farms has become increasingly common, it is imperative to acknowledge and address their consequences on our natural world, particularly the adverse effects on local wildlife.

Large solar farms often require extensive land use, leading to habitat fragmentation and disruption for wildlife populations. Species that depend on the affected areas for shelter, feeding, and breeding face challenges in adapting to these sudden environmental changes.

Current plans to develop large scale ‘Solar Farms’ in the area between Lincoln and Gainsborough will severely impact the wildlife that call the area home. Once finished, the combined solar farms will be the largest Solar Farm development in Europe, covering more than 10,000+ acres of land.

The alteration of land for solar farms can affect the delicate balance of local ecosystems. Impacts on wildlife can range from the fragmentation of vital wildlife corridors that allow animals to move freely between habitats. This can isolate populations, limit genetic diversity, and make it difficult for species to adapt to changing conditions. Additionally, large scale solar farms pose significant danger to birds. Reflective surfaces can be mistaken for water sources or open sky, resulting in avian collisions. This is a serious concern, especially for migratory birds passing through the region.

7000 Acres is a group of concerned citizens in the impacted area, a spokesperson for the group said "In our pursuit of cleaner energy, we must remember that our planet's biodiversity is a treasure beyond measure. Large scale solar farms must be developed with unwavering commitment to mitigating their impact on wildlife. Bio-diversity improvements can only be achieved through careful design and on-going management, with each area requiring a bespoke approach rather than a 'one-size fits all'. We have a collective responsibility to ensure that progress does not come at the cost of the creatures who share our home."

The coexistence of large-scale solar farms and wildlife conservation is a challenge that demands immediate attention. Balancing our commitment to renewable energy with our responsibility to protect wildlife is essential for the well-being of our planet and future generations.


About: The "7000 Acres Group" is a collection of concerned residents formed from over 30 villages in and around the footprint of the West Burton, Cottam, Tillbridge and Gate Burton Solar Farm projects.  These proposed Solar Sites cover an area of approximately 10 thousand acres of land around Gainsborough. The Group have come together to raise awareness of the scope and scale of these projects and to put forward the argument that the size of the proposed developments is totally unsuitable for the area.


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