Build a reptile habitat on our solar farm!
Are you curious to know what it’s like on a solar farm? Want to help us make some valuable improvements to the reptile habitats? This is a great event for you. You'll help us build a new winter home for the Great Crested Newts that live on our solar farm. Great Crested Newts are a protected species so it is important we look after them, their fellow wildlife and the environment in which they live. It is free to take part and lunch is provided. Booking is essential.
We’ll meet at Burnham & Weston Energy’s Solar Farm around 9:30am* (parking details TBC) where we’ll introduce Burnham & Weston Energy CIC, receive a short introduction to the solar farm, and hopefully get some sun cream on. We’ll then head over one of the ponds within the solar farm site. Here we will get to work on constructing a structure that will provide the newts with a place to hibernate over the winter. These structures, called hibernacula, are cool, protected areas into which newts can crawl in October once their mating season has ended. They’ll nestle themselves away for the winter here before emerging for next spring’s breeding season.
Building these habitats will involve**:
Deconstructing existing reptile habitats which are no longer fit for purpose
Creating a 2m x 1m pile of rocks and logs (please bring spare rocks, logs or bricks if you have any!)
Cutting 2m of turf which will be used as a roof on the new habitat
Sewing wildflowers in the area of bare ground that has been cut for turf
We’ll stop at around 12 for some lunch (which will be provided). After lunch, we’ll welcome any questions and discussion about who Burnham and Weston Energy is, how we started, and how we’re using our solar farm to benefit our local community.
We’ll then finish off the hibernacula before heading home.
* We ask that dogs stay at home as there are livestock on site.
**As this work involves a moderate amount of physical exertion, we advise that you only attend this event if you’re over 16.