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18/12/2018

Biodiversity: Grow your knowledge

We at WIRSOL aim to help promote the importance of protection, conserving and improving biodiversity both within Australia and across the world.

Australia saw a whole month dedicated to biodiversity in September, raising awareness and to highlight the importance of preserving habitats and our wider environment. The great thing about biodiversity is everyone can get involved and do their ‘bit’ – whether that’s building a nesting box or growing organic crops in your garden. Carry on reading to find out more.

Our mission at WIRSOL is to promote bio-diversity across all our solar farms, wherever possible, in all corners of the world.

We pride ourselves on our environmentally friendly approach to the construction of our farms and expect the same from the contractors we work with. The land is retained for valuable food production whilst long term habitats are created for invertebrates and vegetation.

Below are just some examples of what we do around our solar farms:

Our solar farms are built with biodiversity in mind; where possible solar modules are heightened to allow sheep to graze, bird and bat boxes are installed to encourage natural wildlife to nest in a peaceful, undisturbed environment and vegetation buffers are planted to both minimise visual impact and to create additional nesting space for wildlife.

Figure 1: WIRSOL Construction Legacy | Wrea Green Solar Farm | Lancashire | UK 

You may be thinking how can I get involved?

Firstly, you could research into plants that are native to your region and help create a back-garden sanctuary for local birds and other wildlife.

Secondly, like us at WIRSOL you can reduce, reuse and recycle – at home you can look at ways to reduce the amount that you throw away into landfills and try to increase your recycling habits. Most packaging can be recycled, given we live in a world where information is at your fingertips, a simple check online will enlighten you to a long list of recyclable items – this link may be a useful website to add to your favourites. Take a moment to think about your daily habits and where improvements could be made. For example, shopping is a key one; try to avoid plastic bags at all costs, instead use a bag for life (offered at almost all retailers), a paper bag or cardboard box. Since October 2015 in the UK, there has been a shift in retail attitude with the 5p charge for plastic bags coming into play. Retailers have been upholding their side to try and cut down, now it’s time to take the same attitude into our own hands – we have the power to make a big difference.

Lastly, have you ever thought about starting your own compost bin? They are great for the environment and have many benefits – composting for just one year will save the equivalent CO2 emissions that your kettle produces each year. Incredible, right?

A common question is, why can waste not just decompose in a landfill? Well, when organic waste is sent to landfill it doesn’t receive enough air, therefore it produces the greenhouse gas – methane, which significantly damages our earth’s atmosphere. Composting in your garden will therefore reap benefits, giving your plants a diversity of nutrients and microorganisms that will improve plant growth.

Nutritious compost in your garden will improve the health of your soil, maintain moisture levels whilst helping to prevent plant disease. Generating a natural cycle is subsequently cost effective and requires minimal effort of your behalf. Simply use all your leftover vegetable peelings, not forgetting egg shells and tea bags, straight into your composter. Now, what’s stopping you – within 8-10 months you shall have compost ready to use – so let’s get peeling!

Thank you.

Team WEL