Holly Blaydes and Alona Armstrong’s article on solar parks and pollinators on page 9 of this issue describes valuable synergies between two important environmental services (solar power and pollination). There is potential for some interesting NEA work in this area which could relate to ecosystems options or to changing places.
Schemes to promote wildflower diversity are commonplace in the UK whether this is planting of roadside verges, changes in their management, or the planting of pollinator strips in solar farms or around other types infrastructure (for example, school car parks). A basic design for a study would be to count pollinator insects visiting a wildflower strip (your treatment site) and compare this to untreated areas (your control site). The control site might be a roadside verge which has not been planted or perhaps the edges of agricultural fields around a solar park.
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