Rufford Energy Recovery Facility
RPS completed a shadow Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) with respect to a “might be” Special Protection Area based on the populations of Nightjar and Woodlark in the Sherwood Pines area of Sherwood Forest.
The HRA was underpinned by detailed surveys of the birds in the area, investigations into disturbance by off-road motorcycling, and the impact of the proposed ERF. The data were analysed using GIS to produce a plan of breeding territories linked to favourable habitat and disturbance feature including in combination effects from proposed housing developments in the neighbourhood of the ERF site.
The ERF planning application was called in by the Secretary of State for the Environment and went to Public Inquiry where RPS presented evidence on the ecological aspects of the project. In addition to matters ornithological, this included an assessment of impacts of aerial deposition, and reptile and amphibian populations.