Conisholme shown within Lincolnshire
|OS grid reference|
|– London||135 mi (217 km) SSW|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||East Midlands|
|UK Parliament||Louth and Horncastle|
Conisholme is a small settlement and civil parish in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It is on the Cleethorpes to Mablethorpe A1031 road, and 7 miles (11 km) north-east from Louth. The population is included in the civil parish of Grainthorpe.
Conisholme is approximately 3 miles (5 km) from the Lincolnshire coast. The parish covers an area of 1,240 acres (5.0 km2), but only a small amount is taken up by the A1031 road - from Ludney to the west to halfway between the village and Braygate Bridge, to the north-east. The major village of North Somercotes is to the east. The parish mostly extends south-west across Conisholme Fen towards the Louth Canal and North Cockerington.
The parish church is dedicated to St Peter. It is in the North Somercotes group of churches, with Grainthorpe.
The wind turbines at Fen Farm on Conisholme Fen, south-west of the village, have the capacity to supply 24% of electricity needs in East Lindsey, Each turbine has a hub height of between 165 feet (50 m) and 252 feet (77 m), a rotor diameter of 157 feet (48 m), an overall height of 292 feet (89 m), and produces 800kWe. The farm, operated by Ecotricity, produces enough energy for 13,000 homes.
During the early hours of 4 January 2009, one of the twenty wind turbines was damaged. National newspaper coverage speculated that it had been hit by an Unidentified Flying Object after local reports of strange lights in the sky. The story received coverage on the BBC, ITV News and Sky News. Ecotricity, after its preliminary examination and before forensic results, stated that UFO's were "at the bottom of its probability list for the cause", and they were considering that the turbine may have suffered from a lightning strike, collision, metal fatigue, or design, material or maintenance failure.
- "County Councillors Detail", Lincolnshire County Council
- "E-48 wind turbine", Enercon.de
- "UFO hits wind turbine"; The Sun, 12 January 2011
- "Ecotricity claim UFO is 'bottom of probability list' for Conisholme wind turbine mystery"; This is Lincolnshire, 16 January 2009