Wiltshire Wildlife Trust plans to erect a solar farm of over 4000 solar panels on one of its nature reserves in the Cotswold Water Park.

The reserve in question, Sandpool Farm is situated in the heart of a cluster of seven nature reserves; four with SSSI status (including the internationally renowned Clattinger Farm recognised for its Fritillaries, which is a Special Area of Conservation and a Coronation meadow) and all are less than 500 m from the proposed solar array.

Solar farms are a good form of renewable generation but they have to be sited appropriately and a nature reserve is not the right site. Car parks and industrial buildings should be.

We need organisations like Wiltshire Wildlife Trust more than ever to fight against exploitation of the unspoilt countryside we have, and nature reserves most of all. If they do not, who will?