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Center Parcs gives toads a helping hand

Press release   •   Mar 23, 2011 00:00 GMT

Every spring Center Parcs Rangers patrol roads and paths with buckets looking for toads. Between February and April toads migrate back to their ancestral breeding ponds and at Center Parcs, it is no different. Thousands of toads can be seen crossing roads, paths and other areas of the forests.

Center Parcs is proud to be a car-free environment with vehicles only having access to the village during check-in and check-out. Guests make their way around the village on foot or on a bike, to enjoy the natural surroundings whilst on their break. Even though it is a car-free environment, Center Parcs staff volunteers and Rangers get together to form toad teams who carry large buckets and collect toads from around the village, helping them across the roads and paths to safety.

Ray Steele, Senior Conservation Ranger at Center Parcs says:

“Not many people realise that toads are very vulnerable in the spring as they make their way back to their ancestral pond, often travelling a substantial distance and facing many dangerous obstacles. Our toad patrols help them make their way safely and toad crossings that have been put in place help to spread awareness to guests on the village.”

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.

Froglife are a charity also working to spread awareness of the journey toads make each spring through their Toads on Roads campaign. The Toads on Roads project has been running for over 20 years, with details of over 750 toad migratory crossings in the UK. The Toads on Roads project registers these sites as 'migratory crossings' and helps coordinate local Toad Patrols, who can apply for road warning signs to be installed and actively help the toads across the road.

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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.

Froglife is a national wildlife charity dedicated to the conservation of the UK’s amphibians and reptiles – frogs, toads, newts, snakes and lizards – and the habitats on which they depend. Since 1989 Froglife has been at the heart of efforts to conserve native amphibians and reptiles. Throughout this time they have initiated a number of national and regional projects, and remained a central voice for public advice on issues surrounding reptile and amphibian conservation.

Contact information

Jessica Marshall-Pearce, Press Office

Telephone: 01623 821723


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