Join us at Burnham & Weston Energy’s solar farm in Lympsham – the area’s largest community owned renewable energy project – for a day of habitat creation, nature and energy discussion.

Date: Saturday 23rd September 2023

Time: 9.30am – 3.00pm

Location: Wick Farm, Wick Road, Weston-super-Mare, England, BS24 0HD

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. It is free to take part and lunch is provided. Booking is essential as we have to limit numbers of people on the solar farm with us. Please book your spot here:

Reserve a Spot

During the summer the Great Crested Newts and other reptiles love the ponds we have on our solar farm. We want to make sure the newts are equally happy over the winter. We will do this with you by building them a new cosy home (or two!) on land. 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.

What will reptile habitat building involve?

We’ll be meeting at Burnham & Weston Energy’s Solar Farm around 9:30am* (parking details TBC) where we’ll introduce ourselves, 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.

I want to join you! How do I reserve my spot?

Easy! Click the button below and Reserve a Spot via Eventbrite:

Reserve a Spot

Burnham & Weston Energy is pleased to deliver this event in conjunction with Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge Town Council’s Eco Festival 2023, itself part of the Somerset and Exmoor Coast Festival taking place between Saturday 23rd September and Sunday 1st October.

Photo of people on Burnham & Weston Energy's solar farm