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Center Parcs celebrates bird song

Press Release   •   Feb 03, 2011 00:00 GMT

As part of the British Trust for Ornithology’s (BTO) National Nest Box Week from 14th February 2011, Center Parcs wants to encourage families to provide homes for birds at this time of year and help bring the music of bird song into gardens across the country.

With more than 140 different varieties of bird at their 4 forest locations, Center Parcs understands the importance of providing nest boxes for birds to breed in. Center Parcs has more than 60 bird boxes within each forest location and each box must be monitored and cleaned out at the end of the summer months ready for the following year.

Whilst on a break at Center Parcs between February and October, guests can hear a variety of bird calls and songs from around the forest. To invite these beautiful sounds into your own garden, place a nest box on a wall, post, tree or fence in your garden (out of reach of cats and other predators) this spring.

Protecting and enhancing the natural forest environment for wildlife has always been a fundamental part of the philosophy of Center Parcs. For over twenty years the biodiversity of the Center Parcs’ 4 forest sites have been protected and cared for by a dedicated Ground Services team and experienced Rangers. Rangers on each village have the knowledge and experience to be able to decipher what the bird song or call means.

James Monk, Senior Conservation Ranger at Center Parcs says:

“It is so easy to invite birds into your garden by ensuring you have a nest box, feeding station and plenty of places for birds to perch. There are many songs and calls you can hear in and around the garden; Long-tailed Tits chattering to each other with contact calls, Blackbirds crying out a loud alarm call when a predator approaches and Robins singing their wonderful wispy song are just some. One of the most beautiful bird sounds is the dawn chorus in the spring and summer which starts before sunrise with a few birds singing with other birds joining in during mid-morning.”

He added, “One of the reasons Center Parcs’ is such a good home for so many birds is the many feeding stations and nesting boxes dotted around the forests. Everybody can help attract a variety of birds and create their own little musical oasis by building a habitat box and placing it in their garden.”

Build a Habitat Box is an workshop running all year round at Sherwood Forest, Longleat Forest and Whinfell Forest and can be booked as part of a short break at Center Parcs. The minimum age for this workshop is 5 years and it is £15.00 per box so each member of the family can make their own or it can be a fun family project.

For more information or to make a booking visit: www.centerparcs.co.uk or call: 08448 266 266

For further details about the British Trust for Ornithology, visit: www.bto.org For more information on National Nest Box Week, visit: www.bto.org/nnbw/index.htm

Notes to editors

Center Parcs is proud to be the UK’s leading short break provider, offering families a chance to spend quality time together in a natural forest environment. Nature is at the very heart of the Center Parcs philosophy with a team of Conservation Rangers on each village responsible for protecting the biodiversity of the area. Center Parcs was awarded the Green Business Award for Biodiversity Protection in 2009 and praised for a ‘sustained commitment to the protection and, very importantly, the enhancement of biodiversity’ on all 4 villages.

The British Trust for Ornithology is the UK’s leading bird research organisation. Over thirty thousand birdwatchers contribute to the BTO’s surveys, collecting information that forms the basis of conservation action in the UK. The BTO maintains a staff of 100 at its offices in Norfolk and Stirling, who analyse and publicise the results of project work. The BTO’s investigations are funded by government, industry and conservation organisations

More than 60 species of birds have been recorded using nest boxes. Most commonly, Blue and Great Tits, House Sparrows and Starlings will use the typical round hole design, while Robins and Spotted Flycatchers prefer open-fronted boxes. House Sparrows, Starlings and Spotted Flycatchers are all red-listed species of conservation concern.

Contact information

Jessica Marshall-Pearce, Press Officer

Telephone: 01623 821723

Email: jessica.marshall-pearce@centerparcs.co.uk

Notes to Editors

  1. Center Parcs has five Villages across the UK; Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, Elveden Forest in Suffolk, Longleat Forest in Wiltshire, Whinfell Forest in Cumbria and Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire which opened to guests on 6 June 2014
  2. As the leader in the UK short break holiday market, Center Parcs regularly achieves average annual occupancy in excess of 97%
  3. Center Parcs offers weekend, (Friday to Monday) or midweek (Monday to Friday) breaks and welcomes over 1.7 million guests each year, with 96% of guests expressing an intention to return
  4. The Center Parcs concept is to provide a range of high quality accommodation, shops, restaurants and exceptional leisure facilities, carefully nestled amongst 400 acres of protected forest environment
  5. This concept originated in Holland in 1967, with the first UK Center Parcs opening in 1987. Center Parcs is now a separate entity in the UK, owned by The Blackstone Group
  6. Center Parcs has been awarded the following accolades since 2008: the Green Business Award for Biodiversity Protection, Visit Britain 5 Star Rating, Hospitality Assured, Biodiversity Benchmark - Land Management, Carbon Trust Standard, Good Spa Guide Award, ISO14001, Investors in People
  7. Center Parcs has recently been announced ‘Best Family Holiday Provider’ in the Tommy’s Awards for the eleventh year in a row