Solar farms could be wildlife havens that tackle biodiversity crisis | New Scientist

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Solar farms could be wildlife havens that tackle biodiversity crisis

Are solar farms good for biodiversity?Adrian Arbib/Alamy

By Adam Vaughan

Solar farms could help address the UK’s biodiversity crisis by providing habitats and food for wildlife, according to research gathered by a new project.

The online SPIES tool by the Universities of Lancaster and York found evidence from 450 peer-reviewed papers for actions solar farm owners can take to benefit nature, such as planting and maintaining hedgerows.

“There is limited research on the impacts of solar parks, hence the tool,” says Alona Armstrong of Lancaster University, who developed it with the solar industry, plus conservation groups, ecologists, landowners and the UK’s National Farmers’ Union. …

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