Hollie BlaydesPhD student
My research explores the potential for solar parks to enhance pollinator biodiversity and boost pollination services to surrounding agricultural land.
Given their rapid expansion, the impacts of solar parks on biodiversity are relatively unknown. However, solar parks are often located in species-poor agricultural landscapes and if deployed and managed appropriately could support and enhance declining groups such as pollinators. I use a range of desk and field-based approaches to further understand this untapped conservation opportunity that solar parks could provide.
Project CASE Partner
My project is in collaboration with industry partner Low Carbon and aims to produce relevant evidence to inform policy and practice, delivering a real-world benefit.
Dr Alona Armstrong (Lancaster University)
Professor Simon Potts (University of Reading)
Professor Duncan Whyatt (Lancaster University)