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Hare the one about how solar panels help hares

Farmer Tim Spencer (centre) talks during an open day at the solar park between Croft and Burgh le Marsh. EMN-141007-165409001

Farmer Tim Spencer (centre) talks during an open day at the solar park between Croft and Burgh le Marsh. EMN-141007-165409001

There has been a population explosion of hares on a Skegness-area farm.

According to farmer Tim Spencer, they have benefited from the solar park that he has created at The Hollies between Croft and Burgh le Marsh.

“Hares used to be rare but now they are commonplace,” he says. “There is no human disturbance, and the solar panels shelter them both from adverse weather such as heavy rainfall which can be fatal to their young.”

Tim is at the forefront of renewable energy initiatives in Lincolnshire, and he also has two wind turbines on an adjacent field.

“We have seen an increase in other wildlife including birds such as lapwings, partridges and barn owls,” he says. “Certain birds such as rooks and wood pigeons sometimes perch on the solar panels.”

What about the turbines? Do the birds every fly into them - for instance, at night?

“I have never picked up a single dead bird under one of the turbines,” he replies.

Tim fielded questions from a steady steam of interested visitors when he hosted an open day earlier this month with support from Solihull-based juwi Renewable Energies Ltd, the international firm that developed the solar farm.

He made a point of praising East Lindsey District Council - particularly planning committee chairman Coun Neil Cooper - and the community for supporting the project.

“People have been very enthusiastic,” he continued. “They also appreciate our extensive planting of fast-growing willows, poplars and native hedging which will further encourage wildlife and largely screen the site.”

Darren Speck, juwi’s HR and communications manager, said the company was delighted with the amount of energy being created by the sunlight beaming down on this part of Lincolnshire.

“The project has certainly lived up to our expectations,” he enthused

 

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